This is the Mariani Fruit Packing Company Water Tower in San Jose. The Fruit Packing Plant has long since been torn down, and in its place is a huge housing complex called, what else, Mariana Square Townhomes.
I hit a double jackpot with this next sketch: two signs, both for now-defunct institutions: the faded sign is for an Italian restaurant called Guido’s. Instead of taking it down , the next restaurant that came up on it’s site just built a super-bright, overpoweringly yellow and red sign next to it and left it up. And the bright yellow one? The restaurant? Zorba the Greek. Serving Greek, Armenian, Italian and Continental cuisine.
More sketches form my vintage sketch collection here on flickr.