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Other Roadside Signage Pacific Northwest

 

Franz Bakery
Portland, OR
Photos and info courtesy Security Signs of Portland, OR

The loaf for Franz Bakery is at Northeast 12th Avenue and Flanders Street in Portland.

It revolves once every 4 ½ minutes. It has been rotating for nearly 5 decades. The motor is about the size of a washing machine motor. The whole loaf weighs about 5,000 and is formed from white acrylic and is supported inside from interior angle irons. Three hundred pounds of ballast keep it balanced. It has been damaged by storms and repaired and updated a couple of times such as having the tie added to the front, but it keeps on turning 24/7 at the Franz Bakery. A landmark in Portland, OR built by Security Signs.

 

 

Hertz
Portland, OR
Photo courtesy Jeff Raber

The Hertz in Portland, OR has one of the old types of signage with a clock on it. Not sure if this old sign still keeps the time.

 

 

Zeller Chapel of the Roses
Portland, OR
Photo courtesy Jeff Raber

There's no doubt about the first letter of the Zeller Chapel of the Roses sign in Portland. This prominent "Z" can be seen for a ways down the block.

 

 

 

 

Troy
Seattle, WA
Photo courtesy John Spencer

This old sign for Troy's still stands above the rooftop of this building. This rather large sign features multi-colored lettering, which also appears to be neon. This is a good example of the type of sign that is being torn down these days at an alarming rate due to sign ordinances.

 

 

 

 

Animated Sign Close-up
Photos and info courtesy Darren Haney

To the right is a three frame shot of the "animated" Indian (Native American) head on the Office Depot in Wenatchee, WA. It's a double-sided sign. The eyes move back and forth several times, slow down, stop, and then it winks. The eyes appear to be attached to some sort of pendulum mechanism.

 

Office Depot
Wenatchee, WA
Photos and info courtesy Darren Haney

Many may view Office Depot as just another of the big box stores that are entering a strip mall near you. Well, this one in Wenatchee, WA features a sign on its rooftop that's worth a triple-take.

 

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