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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Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdown
USA TODAY, September 15th

Visitors to the Miss America pageant last week at Boardwalk Hall next door saw a neon sign proclaiming "Trump Plaz Hotel & Cas." On the Boardwalk side, the sign read, "U Laza." Many restaurants on the first and third floors have been shut down for months...Read more

The Past, Present And Future Of New York's Neon
NYU Local, September 15th

And, like any dive or diner of the sort, the bar has a big neon sign above its front windows spelling out the name of the joint in curvy, glowing script. Within a few weeks, the Subway Inn will be forced to close, and the famed neon sign that has for...Read more

Neon Museum looks for a sign at Tuesday painters' panel
Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 11th

Where: Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Admission: $12 (free for museum members; pre-register at tinyurl.com/UnsignedHeroes; 702-387-6366, www.NeonMuseum.org). By CAROL CLING LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Think of a neon sign...Read more

Galveston Historical Foundation's 1940 Sears building to host open house, neon ...
Your Houston News, September 8th

SubmittedWhat began as Galveston Island's Sears and Roebuck store is now home to one of GHF's more public endeavors. To celebrate the recent exterior restoration work as well as the recently installed neon sign, the public is invited for a day of...Read more

Kate Moss spends £100000 on neon sign to see her name in lights every day
Mirror.co.uk, September 4th

Recent commissions include a neon sign “Roc Nation” for Jay-Z's record label and a giant 3D Union Jack for the latest Rimmel ad – fronted, of course, by Kate. His celebrity collectors include Damien Hirst, Jude Law, David Beckham, Elton John, Lady Gaga...Read more

Helena in 75 Objects: 53. Early neon lights inside Bert & Ernie's
Helena Independent Record, August 28th

But inside the bar and restaurant is something even more valuable: what could be Montana's first neon sign. A red arrow fashioned from neon tubes surrounds blue neon lettering for Broadwater Inn. Off to the side, by the arrow's tail, in green neon are...Read more

Neon sign power leak blamed for ATM electric shock death of baby girl
Phuket Gazette, August 27th

PHUKET: Electric shocks that killed a two-year-old girl in Trang's Yan Ta Khao district on August 7 stemmed from a power leakage from a neon sign placed over an automated teller machine, police said yesterday. Citing an electrical engineer's report...Read more

Medical marijuana shops get neon-sign waiver
Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 27th

JOHN GURZINSKI/LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL The restored giant spiked high-heal shoe that used to be part of the marquee sign for the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall is shown along Las Vegas Boulevard on Monday, November 9, 2009, in Las Vegas...Read more