The first neon advertising sign was used for a Parisian barber in 1912. Since then, neon has been used to add color highlights to porcelain signs and advertising clocks, and to create highly ornate and even 'animated' neon signs for a wide variety of brands and retail establishments.

Some of the most collectible neon signs were custom-made or produced in small quantities in the 1940s and 50s for restaurants, shops, clubs, bars, hotels, burger joints, ice cream parlors, auto dealerships, gas stations, you name it. Then there are the more recent mass-produced neon signs, both outdoor and indoor, often representing beverage companies like Budweiser, Coca Cola, Pepsi, and other beer and soda brands.

As with all signs, condition is key, but especially with neon, since replacing it can be an expensive custom job, don't forget to find out if the neon still works!


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Chicago's Dwindling Neon Signs
Chicago Tonight | WTTW, December 18th

Photographer and long-time neon sign enthusiast Nick Freeman joins us to talk about his new book, Good Old Neon: Signs You're In Chicago. Freeman has documented hundreds of neon signs around Chicagoland, some of which no longer exist...Read more

Loading Icon Neon Sign Will Make You Want to Turn it Off and On Again
Technabob (blog), December 15th

Thingmade has invented one of the most annoying neon signs on the planet: a physical version of the loading icon. Put it in front of a teenager and he will immediately be unable to even. Such is the power of the Gyroscopic Illuminated Figure. Yes, the GIF...Read more

'Ex' is a big neon sign here
Arkansas Online (subscription), December 14th

DEAR CAROLYN: I am concerned about my ex-boyfriend. He has a female co-worker we'll call Sarah who has been his friend with benefits on and off (three times) over the past 10 years or so. My ex never wanted anything serious with her. Several months ...Read more

Oliver's Candies planning new neon sign with message board
The Batavian, December 12th

Some might call the Oliver's Candies sign iconic, but objects only become iconic with age, and age means expensive to maintain and problem-plagued. That's the case with this sign, according to Jeremy Liles, general manager of the family business. The...Read more

Huge 'Z' Frank Neon Sign Faces Wrecking Ball, But You Can Have It for Free
DNAinfo, December 4th

WEST ROGERS PARK — The iconic "Z" Frank Chevrolet sign towering over Western Avenue could be scrapped unless a savior comes forward to claim it, property owner Chuck Frank said Wednesday. As crews demolished the former car dealership at ...Read more

Perry: Obama Admin. Put 'Neon Sign' on Border, Inviting More Illegal Aliens
Breitbart News, December 3rd

"As the president promoted his version of immigration reform in 2011, and uses executive authority...illegal immigration by unaccompanied minors from Central America skyrocket[ed]" Perry said. The president has "placed a neon sign on our border...Read more

Chicago's neon signs shine in new book
Crain's Chicago Business, November 24th

Many Chicagoans can probably think of a favorite neon sign already—perhaps the tall “Jesus Saves” sign in Andersonville, or the glowing glass tubing atop Loop restaurant the Berghoff. In recent years, technology—especially photo-sharing sites like...Read more

Krauthammer: Executive Amnesty 'A Gigantic Neon Sign,' 'Invitation To Mass ...
Daily Caller, November 20th

According to syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, President Barack Obama's executive action allowing work permits and deferred deportations to nearly five million illegal immigrants will be a “gigantic neon sign” and an “invitation” to Central ...Read more