Thursday, August 27, 2009

signs: Lineman's Club

Lineman's Club

I've been keeping an eye out for this sign for a while. I saw a picture of it online somewhere, and it was described as being in the Oak Tree neighborhood. I finally discovered it today further up East 14th / International in Rancho San Antonio. I want to get better shots when I can, because this sign is wonderful. Besides neon lettering (which is in decent shape), it had a neon drink glass above and neon arrow below. The glass was an unusually shaped martini glass; sadly much of that has broken. But the crowning touch was the shape. Not only shaped like a power pole, it includes the insulators on the cross arms. Now, it would be in contention for best-sign-ever if they'd used real insulators, but I guess including the shape as part of the sign shows up better.

There's an older picture of it on flickr showing the unusual martini glass. I found this blog post about the International Lao Market that's there now asking about the sign, and a response in the comments. Go to the post to read the whole thing, but it sounds like it was quite the place once upon a time:

The club was kind of hidden between buildings and not too many people knew about it. I never let anyone know where I was getting my tickets on game day because they only had a limited supply. I think Ben Davidson or Jim Otto (or both) had something invested in the club and I saw some Raiders having a beer there more than once. Got to build up those carbs for the game, heh heh.

8 comments:

crazy57bus said...

What a great sign. I hate the martini glass got broken, but the rest is so unique.

The New PolyAnna said...

i really like this series.

Colburn said...

I wish I'd known you were looking for this sign -- I pass it nearly every day on the way to work. Another thing I like about it is that it now sits between two southeast asian businesses: it's as if the history of the neighborhood is inscribed in that one little piece of real estate.

Gene said...

@TNPA: Thanks. I like your shot of the Mullen's Liquors sign, but I almost snorted coffee at my nose this morning laughing at the one by Tom Spaulding that you linked to :-)

@dc: No worries. Part of the fun of this series of signs is finding them. If I'd gotten frustrated looking for that one, I'd have put out a plea. But if there are other ones you know of I haven't posted yet, by all means let me know. On the main Our Oakland page, there's a link to a Google Map I did of signs I've posted, ones I've photographed, and ones I know about.

Jim Fitzsimons said...

I used to frequent this bar on Raider game days. These were the hardest core Raider fans I've ever known, made a favorable comment one day about the 49ers and almost lost my life. Amazing bar from a sociological perspective, all races were there but all were exactly the same as their love of the Raiders united them. Bar was owned by Russ Fassio, a great guy and his brother, Jim Fassio (my father-in-law) still lives in San Leandro.

Gene said...

Thanks for the info, Jim. I saw two comments from you, not quite the same, so I published the more recent of the two. Let me know if you want otherwise, or to make other changes.

Jamie Hill said...

Is the sign still there?

Gene Anderson said...

Last I saw it was there, though the remaining neon for the drink glass was a bit more broken.