Classic signs, in miniature


These miniature versions of a half-dozen classic Inland Valley signs were done by artist Paul Knoll and are, or at least were, being displayed in a Pasadena storefront. See a short writeup here. Thanks to Chris Nichols for the link.

Can you identify them all?

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  • John Bredehoft

    Well, two of them are right across Holt from each other. I confess that I don’t know the other ones, however.

    [That would be Vince’s and the Ice Skating sign. The others are in Pomona. — DA]

  • Bob House

    Pala and Carl’s are both also on Holt and Top Hat is just off Holt on Dudley. Funny thing about “icons” — I have no conscious recollection of ever driving by Top Hat Liquor (and, in the day, I drove to plenty of liquor stores), but I immediately recognized that sign.

    P.S. Can we expect an on-the-scene report on the re-opening of the Padua Hills Theater?

    [We’ll see. I’ll put you down as a yes vote for covering it but make no promises. And you’re right about the three Pomona locations. Thanks for the comment. Somehow I thought this photo would be more popular than it was! — DA]

  • Carolyn Uber

    David, you’ve gotta cover Padua Hills Theater! You should ask your readers how many attended the Las Posadas as a school field trip. You’d attend the performance, then have hot cocoa in the dining room. Or Sunday brunches with the performers serving . . . and singing. The Uber family celebrated important family events with brunch at Padua for years. Carolyn

    [A second vote rolls in. So far this is going better than Tuesday’s election. Thanks, Carolyn. — DA]

  • Bob House

    Perhaps another thread here too? School Field Trips of the Inland Empire.

    In Claremont in the ’50s, 1st graders went to the Humane Society (Humane Way and Mission in Pomona — still there!), 2nd graders got a bus ride to Colton to ride the train back to Claremont, and the Thanksgiving Pageant at Pilgrim Place was also on the annual list.

  • padua hills weasel

    come on up and do a story on the “new” Padua Hills Theatre as only you can do !! I’ll be lookin’ for ya!

  • Matt (formerly of RC)

    I believe it was third grade we took a field trip to the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont and got our picture in the Daily Report. This would have been 1977-1978.

  • Charles Bentley

    Here are three school field trips within the IE that immediately come to mind.

    Shelton’s Turkey Ranch. Did this trip 2-3 times, and the one thing I remember was being told that turkeys had to be closely watched because they could actually drown while standing in the rain.

    Los Angeles County Fair. If you grew up in this area, you had to be loaded on the bus each fall and go to the fair to visit the agriculture and livestock venues. As I recall, each of us always received a ticket good for one child’s admission during the fair, and they made sure to point out the carnival section during the trip and said “your parents can bring you back to see that.”

    Regina Winery/Brookside Winery. Visited each of these on several occasions. I believe Brookside gave all the kids a drink of grape juice at the end of the tour.