It's always fascinating to look at old photographs of cities, and a nice recent development has been Google Street View which has made it easy to see what these locations look like today. I recently found a bunch of nice pictures of downtown Spokane in the 1950s and found what they look like in modern … Continue reading Downtown Spokane, Then and Now.
Kenworthy Theater, Moscow, Idaho. Built in 1926, remodeled in 1949.
Dick's Hamburgers in Spokane opened in 1965 and remains largely unchanged 50 years later. Going there is like stepping back in time. There is also something about the combination of sunsets and old neon signs that I find stunningly beautiful.
Sunset Motel in Clarkston, WA, a '50s era sign still kept in very good shape.
The long-closed Tip-Top Drive-In in Lewiston, ID. I've found little information on this less-lucky contemporary of nearby Clarkston's 410 Drive-In. I don't know when it opened or when it closed; it has been shuttered for as long as I can remember. This photo was taken in 2007, the rooftop sign has subsequently fallen over; it … Continue reading Tip-Top Drive-In, Lewiston, Idaho.
Neon sign at Schurman's True Value, Clarkston, WA, established in 1946.
Inland Metals, Clarkston, WA, in business since 1947. Even fairly mundane businesses had big flashy neon signs back then, not just restaurants, bars and motels.