Three bygone color schemes. The first, which takes several variant forms, is fairly common, the second I've found only at the Wun-Tun House. The third — widely attributed to Peter Max but more credibly to John Alcorn — survives in many pop-culture collections but is seldom seen in public, and even the market where this psychedelia was sited may no longer be a going concern. See also this Bronx bombshell.
7Up signs San Francisco (From an August 2011 visit)
Shown mainly for the coincidental visual echo of camera-loving photographer by sandwich-loving camel (click for a closer look). Also, from the other panel of this mural, around the corner: submarine-sandwich congestion on the Tiburon-bound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Stop & Shop Market 3000 Mission St. (at 26th St.), San Francisco 415-550-0950 (From an August 2011 visit)
This painted sign was uncovered in 2010 during construction of a "progressive American" restaurant called Commonwealth. Though the typefaces and street lamps suggest an early 20th century birthdate, the folks at Hunt's may have been nodding to the past when they commissioned this sign, just as did the folks at Commonwealth when they preserved it.
The donut shop opened in 1952, according to this atmospheric if rambling account of the Mission District at midcentury. The sign may have faced a parking lot then, as it does now; Hunt's itself stood at the corner of Mission and 20th.
Hunt's Quality Donuts Surviving painted sign at 2224 Mission St. (18th-19th Sts.), San Francisco (From an August 2011 visit)
This location of the Indian-Pakistani mini-chain Shalimar, like its fellows, serves no alcohol. The restaurant's online profile reflects its teetotaling status, but the even under heavy cover of white paint, its sign — a holdover from some previous tenant, years ago — displays a familiar Tenderloin come-on.
Shalimar 532 Jones St. (Geary-O'Farrell Sts.), San Francisco 415-928-0333 (One of several locations) www.ShalimarSF.com (From an August 2011 visit)