Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes

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During the 1950s, the Cinchett Neon Sign Company came to be Tampa's best-known sign maker. When the city planned to build a zoo, the mayor asked Cinchett to design the new sign. Fried chicken king Colonel Sanders had the sign company create all the neon work for his first two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Central Florida, and soon after, other reputable businesses came calling.
ISBN: 9780738568362
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This spectacular collection of more than 200 vintage photographs will take you on a walking tour of beautiful Tampa during her “glory years”—the 1950s. Captured in photographs taken by the Cinchett family for their neon sign shop in Tampa, these never-before-seen images showcase local landmarks, businesses, and street scenes that will take you back to the day when downtown was a bustling haven of popular stores and restaurants. Author John V. Cinchett worked at his grandfather's sign shop until the late 1980s. A third-generation Floridian and Tampa native, Cinchett is the organist at various historic Tampa-area churches.
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