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Signs of the Times part 2 History Column 242 Dave Petersen This week we are taking another look at signage from the 1950's and 1960's that was done by the Ludington Sign and Electric Company courtesy of the collection of Jim Fay. Unfortunately I don't have any additional information about the business that created these great signs but I am sure that they will bring back some fond memories for many of our readers. If you have any stories or photographs you would like to share with our readers please feel free to contact me at 757-3240 davep@blackcreekpress.com or mail in care of Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Mi 49431 Pic1 The Starlight Drive In Theatre was the place to be or was it the place that you told your parents that you would be while you went out and about to do something else that maybe you weren't supposed to? Hmm, seems that I remember it both ways. There is something to be said about a double feature in the summer, sitting in the back of a pickup truck or the back of a station wagon watching a good action flick or horror show on that big screen. Those were the days where we cruised main street (all 3 blocks) half the night. Pic2 Les Blodgett Jr used cars was located at 407 W Ludington Avenue, there were several car dealerships right in the downtown area. "Premium Used Cars Money Back Gaurantee!" Even the telephone number was easy to remember dial 366. Pic3 The Hamlin Café has been a part of the Ludington Scene for many years, getting its start out in the Hamlin area before moving into town. I recall many morning breakfasts at the front table with my grandparents Earl and Fern Shaw. Texas Toast and a great cup of coffee. This sign is back in the days when the café was owned by Theodore Koikas, currently it is owned by Chris and Marsha Pappadokas. Pic4 The Ludington Radio Shop up in the Fourth Ward was an anchor business in the Community for many years along with Obel's Furniture and the Fourth Ward Market. It was owned at this time by Franklin and Carl Petersen. That area was a bustling business community for many decades as residents of the Fourth Ward could do just about everything they needed to from getting their groceries and hardware to even their banking at one time. Pic5 Tiny Towne Infants Wear was owned by Mildred Hollick and Hollicks Meats was owned by Raymond Hollick who also did the meat cutting down at the old A&P Grocery Store. Pic6 Parkview Court across from the beach at Ludington is still there, one of the few of what was called a Tourist Court and was owned by B.W. Sabin. There was a time before the big box Motels when there was some individuality in the mom and pop tourist home business. Very few survive in the 21st century and like the roadside attractions of years past have slowly been fading into memories alone.

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