For the last 4 years I’ve made a pilgrimage to Mammoth Lakes for the holidays to get a break from work and get some quality snowboarding in on one of the best mountains in the world. I didn’t do much work during my trip but lucky for you I managed to photograph a handful of vintage signs that can be found in tiny towns between Los Angeles and Mammoth. I’m not sure what it is but these old signs have a certain character that you just don’t see in signage these days. Here are a few of my favorites.
This sign is so good it makes me want to learn a sport just so I have an excuse to go to Mac’s.
The Coors Light signs ruin this photo but the Rusty’s logo is still great. I didn’t even know Saloon’s existed anymore.
You want nice clean rooms, you get nice clean rooms!
This one’s simple but i like the red flag poles (or antennas).
I’m into anything with a Mule illustration.
It seems ironic to use a diamond for the logo of a mobile park but somehow they managed to pull it off.
Okay so this isn’t vintage but it get’s an A+ for the weird smiley face sombrero wearing crazy guy.
I’ve never eaten here but there’s always a massive line for this place. Check out the weird eyeball that looks like a button.
Again not a vintage sign but how could I not share a gas station called “Giggle Springs” with you?
Got me a sweet pair of spurs from here. yeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!
Local NRA hangout.
This one isn’t very vintage either but I have to say that I love the signage and illustration that the National Forest uses for all their parks. Go USA!
If the giant pine tree doesn’t say it all the name does.
This one is one of my all time favorites. Is it a fast food spot where you can do your laundry or is it a laundry mat called “Burgers & Fries”? I’ll find out next year when I go back.
Mairs is a one stop shop. Grocieries, Hardware, and Variety. What else do you need?
I’m praying to god that the in-room spa is heart shaped.
Frosty the horse.
Bi-Rite seems to be a small chain. I like the Apple instead of the O.
The vintage signs are okay but what I really love is the MacGyver style marker drawn “A” for the AM.
Love the tag line…. Awesome!
The Dow Villa is the most artsy motel in the Sierras.
I can’t get enough of the fish signs.
The wheels and the gradient in the type really set this one off.