Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

1903 Oldest Picture of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill Employees

According to Webster a sign is: a display (such as a lettered board or a configuration of neon tubing) used to identify or advertise a place of business or a product.

1923 outside Frankenmuth Woolen Mill
Outside of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill in 1923

As we designed new signs and logos for our 126 year old Woolen Mill, we felt that Webster’s definition, while accurate, did not come close to conveying the pride we feel as the caretakers of one of the oldest Woolen Mills in the country.

1956 Outside of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill
Outside 1953 - Two days before trees were removed

How can a “lettered board or a configuration of neon tubing” convey 126 years of the hard work and dedication of workers spanning five generations?

1966 Outside   1966 Outside sign only
Outside in 1966 and now catering to the burgeoning tourist trade

Our task was to create not merely a sign, but a declaration that proclaims quality and craftsmanship. Something that has been a staple of the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill since the 1800’s.

1970s Outside of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill
Outside in the 1970s. The awning was bright orange!

1989 Outside of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill
Outside in 1989 ~ The new logo sheep no longer wears a bow! 


1993 Outside Frankenmuth Woolen Mill

In 1993 a large remodel was done to add a second story above the retail store
The signs aren't up yet but they have been placed in the windows and on the side of the building during construction


Current view of our 126 year old business.

Our social media mascot.


The driveway side of our mill features a historical sign and a beautiful garden. 

 Thank you for taking a look at the 126 year old history of signs at our Frankenmuth Woolen Mill.

1 comment

  • loved walking down the hill and looking at what new things they have for sale. I still have quilts on my bed… My boys were raised with quilts the still have stuffing that came from there.

    nancy lee

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