Monday, May 11, 2009

new feature: Oakland signs

Acme Fire Extinguisher

What can I say. I'm a sucker for classic neon signs, and Oakland has a bunch of them. But it's got a lot of other interesting signs, too. So I'm starting a new feature for the blog, Oakland signs. I'm starting with a well-known one, Acme Fire Extinguisher on Fruitvale. It's been photographed by many (Thomas Hawk has a great set of sign photos from Oakland and elsewhere in the East Bay.) It's been portrayed in paintings. It's been touted as where Wile E. Coyote buys his fire extinguishers (though if that were true, they'd probably blow up in his face, or push him into one of his own traps for the Road Runner.) So with out further ado, I present the Acme Fire Extinguisher sign.


Patrick M. Mitchell said...

The Acme sign is a fave, but my absolute favorite is the 1/4 lb Giant Burgers sign on MacArthur in the Dimond.

merideth said...

sweet!! i freakin love that sign and many of the other old ones i see around town...i too am a sucker for old signage and advertising

Unknown said...

Suggestions welcomed! I'll have to get one of the 1/4 lb Giant Burger sign.

@Merideth -- when are you and Beth going to post more on House Made? You've been quiet since January.