13 May Rancho Super Car Wash, Rancho Mirage, California
One of the most fascinating parts of being a vanishing roadside archeologist is trying to find the connections between signs that are similar. In this case, I had grown up with an incredibly powerful sign in Seattle, Washington: Super Elephant Car Wash. When I came upon this sign on a vacation in the California desert, I was completely amazed at the similarities to the sign I had known all my life!
All I have been able to find out about this business (nothing about the sign) is that the Rancho Super Car Wash has been around since 1966.
It doesn’t appear that the folks in Seattle expanded to California – but there is absolutely no denying the fact that these two signs are identical in most respects.
I invite anyone who knows more about the history of the signs to comment – there must be more info out there.
Oil on canvas, 36×36″