Vintage neon signs

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  1. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Sin City.[​IMG]

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  2. dh66

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    Weiss liquor store in east Nashville. The giant arrows flash alternately in pink and green.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  3. dh66

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    Elvis stayed here. [​IMG]

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  4. dh66

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    Nashville, TN[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Nashville[​IMG]

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  6. dh66

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    Drive by in Nashville. They got the good liquor store signs here.[​IMG]

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  7. dh66

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    Serving Nashville since 1945[​IMG]

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  8. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Place where we ate a few weeks ago in Ocala, Florida... really old-school Italian restaurant, with mob movie posters in the bathroom, checkered table cloths, low lighting in separate booths, and an elderly proprietor named 'Pops' Lorito, straight from the Old Country.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  9. Fading Fast

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    Must give a shoutout to the neon ice-cream soda - well done!
     
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  10. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Beacon.[​IMG]

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  11. Ghostsoldier

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    Must be 1940 noir.[​IMG]

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    Riggs Liquors. Washington, DC[​IMG]
     
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  13. dh66

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    Hard to beat a big neon arrow pointing at a liquor store. It's like two of the most joyous things I can think of rolled into one.

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    Right? Upon pulling up, I would have thought this place was abandoned, but it is still open. Was over there for work this morning. Its one of those areas where you want to start at 6 AM and be gone before noon. I kept a sharp eye on the truck.
     
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  15. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    This post made me curious, so I looked online and found this not-so-glowing one star review:

    "A classic 1940s motel, where scores of stars, including Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley, once stayed, the Drake Motel draws attention these days because of its hard-luck vibe and nostalgia-inducing neon sign: the 1993 movie The Thing Called Love, starring River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock, and the video for Jason Aldean's song "The Truth" were both filmed here. But let's be real: the Drake isn't for everybody. The furnishings in the rooms are dated and low-end, although a few rooms have artwork paying homage to stars that once slept there. If you're an adventure seeker who's not afraid to bed down in a sketchy part of town, go for it. If not, there's no harm in stopping by the lobby for a quick look-see and a photo next to the life-size, autographed cutout of Dolly."

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  16. dh66

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    Well...to be fair, when I'm traveling I tend to want to spend the least amount of money on a temporary place to sleep as possible so as to maximize the amount I have with which to enjoy myself wherever I'm visiting.
    I didn't stay at the Drake (I stayed at a far more questionable looking place down the road) but it looked to be clean and very well kept up. I think the fact that it's in a part of town that probably has seen its better days might be off-putting for some folks.

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    I found this old picture on the web of the place I stayed in Nashville last weekend. The sign doesn't look like that anymore, unfortunately, but the room was cheap, the bed was comfortable, and there was a liquor store across the street. I'm easy enough to please.[​IMG]

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    I believe, in the newspaper biz, you'd be accused of burying the lead as this is the story, "there was a liquor store across the street." :)
     
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  19. Ghostsoldier

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    Cheap and sketchy has never bothered me; I typically travel with some sort of "protective/defensive device" in my possession, just in case.

    I like staying in these older places just for the ambiance and atmosphere... one day, they'll all be gone, replaced by bland, generic big-box motels.

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    Fading Fast

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    Over the 22+ years my girlfriend and I have been together, when traveling, we've sought out the old, quirky, historic, etc. places to stay. Some have been in great shape, some quite run down - but almost everyone of them offered something to a Fedora Lounge person.

    What we've sadly noticed, especially since the economy has been expanding for nine-plus years, is that those places are either being torn down or renovated to a modern "standard"/decor that strips out most of their historical character.

    That's happened to several of the places we've stayed at over the years. Oh, and the price of rooms goes up a heck of a lot after the renovation.
     
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