I love Butte. It’s about 85 miles west of me, which in Montana terms is a hop skip and a jump. Every time I go, I comb the streets and always find new and interesting things and always leave with the feeling that I’ve barely scratched the surface. Butte is a city of hidden treasures, of tucked away secrets, of back rooms and second stories.
I made the drive down from Maryland to Midlothian VA today to pick this up.
This neon sign was previously mounted on Richmond White Tower No. 1, which was located at 223 East Grace Street. It was originally built in 1939, and remodeled in 1960, which is probably when this sign was installed. The building is still there. It’s been de-towered, and painted, but it’s still recognizable.
I made a mini-roadtrip this morning to DC for some good old fashioned neon.
A&R Auto Parts. The neon appears it originally read something else.
1824 Bladensburg Road NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ride With Safety – Yellow Cab Company.
1380 H St. NE
More pictures, including ones of the interior, can be found here.
1331 H St. NE
Architect John J. Zink.
S and S Shoe Repairing
1126 H St. NE
Syd’s Drive In Liquor Store
2325 BLADENSBURG RD NE
Modern Dry Cleaning/ Electric Maid
Takoma Park, MD
Rayco Auto Seat Covers
7998 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Formerly home to “Tuffy” Leeman’s duckpin Bowling alley. Tuffy, a pro football hall of fame member, played for the New York Giants from 1936 to 1943. The duckpin alley closed several years back.
The outside of the diner. It appears as it did when new; a real time warp.
Bikers at the diner
The wonderful original neon sign. It still works. Hand painted signs advertise the $1.25 breakfast specials, Daily Specials and Lunch & Dinner.
The original neon sign over the entrance.
Jerry O’Mahony, Inc.
Dining Car Builders
The incredibly clean and well preserved interior of the diner.
Sugar and Seeburg 200 Wall-o-matic. The 200 wall-matic was only made from 1955 to 1956, from what I’ve been able to find.
“P_ _ H”
Breakfast Specials (granted, this picture was taken three years ago or so, so prices have probably gone up) They were all ridiculously inexpensive, and what we had was excellent, and served in large portions.
#1 Two Extra large any style eggs, homefries, toast and jelly – $1.25
#2 Two Hotcakes and two strips of bacon – $1.95
#3 Cereal with milk and fruit juice – $1.25
#4 “Big Mess” – Three eggs, Homefries, onions, peppers and ham all mixed together, with toast – $3.95
Sausage Gravy and Biscuit – $2.50
Double order – $4.25
With Two eggs- $4.95
A row of stools, terrazzo and formica
Back-lit back painted Restrooms sign, inset into the stainless work
Ford pickup rusting out back in the parking lot of Wolfe’s