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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Ray Roberts mainstay among businesses affected by flooding
Denton Record Chronicle, May 24th

The Dam Store neon sign is turned off, but the store is open on this rainy Sunday afternoon, a day before Memorial Day. The Dam Store's interior resembles an old bait and tackle shop. Old fence siding lines the top half of the walls, and metal sheets...Read more

New home sought for vintage Rapid City neon signs
Rapid City Journal, May 23rd

Those dates correspond with the last 20 years of the neon sign industry's heyday in the United States. The novelty of neon wore off as more energy-efficient, easier-to-fabricate signage took its place. Swedlund grew up a military kid in Europe, where...Read more

Pittsburgh has dim view of ads on sign above Point
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22nd

That's the plot Mayor Bill Peduto says his administration has foiled as it negotiates a new permit with Lamar Advertising for the company's famous 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-long neon sign on Mount Washington, which has loomed over the Point since around...Read more

Aubry's Cleaners sign joins Old Town Saginaw neon sign park, May 21st

Watch time lapse of neon sign installation in Saginaw Watch crews from Barrett Sign Company install a large neon sign that once hung outside Aubry's Cleaners in downtown Saginaw. The sign joins several others in Old Town Saginaw's "neon sign park," ...Read more

Coorparoo's well-loved department store neon sign to be rehung in development ...
ABC Online, May 20th

An original sign from a well-known department store is set to be restored and rehung in Coorparoo after recently being removed to make way for a new development. The sign was part of the first Myer department store built in Queensland and sat high on...Read more

An effort is underway to save Calgary's neon signs
Calgary Herald, May 14th

For decades, the colourful neon sign had towered outside the building and it remained even when the restaurant closed in 2009. Karim-McSwiney, the executive director of the International Avenue BRZ, pleaded her case and gave the man who had bought ...Read more

VIDEO: Sweden Installs Neon Pink 'Dancing Sailor' Sign as Underwater Defense ...
People Magazine, May 12th

Sweden's Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) is deploying one of the most original anti-submarine measures in the history of naval warfare: a subsurface neon sign that taunts Russian subs in Morse code. Dubbed the "Singing Sailor," the device inhabits ...Read more

Neon Sign Brings $143750
Maine Antique Digest, May 7th

The top lot at $143,750 (includes buyer's premium) was an 11½' tall Weakley Equipment Co. animated intricate porcelain neon sign from 1948 in original and working condition. The legs appear to walk, mower blades spin, and grass clippings fly. Bill...Read more