Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Holiday Inn "Great Sign".

One of the many great icons of Americana in the 1950's and 60's was Holiday Inn and its neon filled "Great Sign" that welcomed many a weary traveler after long hours of highway driving. Although the "Great Sign" was phased out in 1982 it still holds a special place in my heart as one of the better neon signs of the travel era. A few signs that still exist around the country based their look on the classic sign. Here are a few examples of paper ephemera that featured the sign and some signs that borrowed its look from Holiday Inn.

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"Munger Moss Motel" Lebanon,MO

"Vacation Motor Hotel" Clarksville, TN

"Boulevard Motel" DeLand, FL

"Rainbo Court Motel" East St Louis, IL (Demolished)

1 comment:

  1. I love how they all have arrows. In case anyone wasn't sure where the motel was.