Friday, September 14, 2007

Vodie's Auto Center

Vodie's Auto Center, Santa Ana, CA.


Wow, ok, so this sign is really swell. I wish I knew a bit of its history. It's not quite Googie, I don't know what to call it, but it's certainly a beautiful part of the otherwise drab OC skyline. Right around the corner from here is one of those ugly pre-fab shopping centers with a big ol' Target... zzz... I'll take this big teddy bear of a sign any day!

Vodie's Auto Center
1240 W 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 543-8297

10 comments:

walterworld said...

Nice pic---

I've always dug that auto-repair related bear figure. He can still be spotted around older repair shops and garages.

Glad you're posting again.

Namowal said...

He's officially know as "Happy Bear" or sometimes "Mr. Happy"
More Happy Bears pics here:
http://www.roadsidepeek.com/roadside/roadchar/rdbear/index.htm

And his history (including links to vintage images):
http://www.teambearusa.com/profile/

MainTour said...

You can see more Orange County wonders also at MainTour.

Victor Stapf said...

I think the bears were representing the California state animal.

Dude Can't Draw said...
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Dude Can't Draw said...

Great minds think alike.

Great minds think alike.

http://dudecantdraw.blogspot.com/2007/09/vodies.html

You must live near me, this blog is practically a step-by-step documentation of my commute to work.


You must live near me, this blog is practically a step-by-step documentation of my commute to work.

[sorry for the delete/repost, messed up the link]

cueball said...

My father used to take his van here years ago,many pleasent memories w/Happy Bear......

chefalexander said...

isn't this "Great Bear'"
like, back east?

COWBOY BEAR said...

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE BEAR AND ALL IT STANDS FOR,OR IF YOU ARE A OLD CUSTOMER OF VODIES OR ANY BEAR SHOP I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.MY NAME IS RANDY I WAS BORN INTO THIS BUSINESS AND AM ONE OF THE OLDTIMERS.CALL ME AND LETS TALK.(951)551-1128 LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU

Andrew said...

The bear on the sign you see is the logo for "Bear Alignment" which is a very old logo. Google it and you will find all sorts of images and stories about the bear.
- Andrew