San Francisco has an enormous amount of signs, some operational, some not. I’m not referring to the endless flat signs of modern stores, but historic signs. Some are neon, some painted, many restored. Signs where the business no longer exists, signs where the business seems to have been there forever.
John’s Grill is located on Ellis Street in San Francisco. Famous patrons include many heavyweight actors and politicians. Operating since 1908, it was the setting for Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon”.
From John’s Grill website”
SAM SPADE’S LAMB CHOPS 36.95
Served with baked potato and sliced tomatoes
“Sam Spade went to John’s Grill, asked the waiter to hurry his order of chops, baked potato, sliced tomatoes… and was smoking a cigarette with his coffee when…”
– The Maltese Falcon
Now closed, it was a dive bar located on Taylor Street.
Now closed, Julie’s Supper Club and Lounge was located on Folsom Street. The link leads to the remnants of their abandoned website.
Original Joe’s has been in business since 1937. This picture was taken on Taylor Street, with a painted sign above and a neon hanging sign in front of the building. I’m not sure if this exists now, but Original Joe’s is located on Union Street near Washington Square Park.
The sign wraps around the corner of Powell & O’Farrell, but the little cigar store is no more. The building dates from 1907, and I quite like the New York Times logo. Marguard’s went out of business in 2005. The city declared the sign a landmark.
Still in business, this company began as the San Francisco Remedial Loan Association in 1912. They are still in operation in the same building on Mission Street.
These and other photos of San Francisco were taken on a six day trip that I took back in 2010. Some might be gone now, as the businesses have folded since I was there. Others will be preserved into the future for their historic significance.