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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Smoking neon sign causes brief closure of Ernie's Café
Columbia Daily Tribune, April 13th

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to Ernie's Café and Steakhouse at 7:53 a.m. Sunday on reports of smoke upstairs. The neon sign on the building had frayed wires that were hitting a nail, causing the smoke, but there was no fire. By Ashley Jost...Read more

Newly restored neon sign pays glowing tribute to Tootsie, the celebrity coyote
TriValley Central, April 10th

But an elaborate neon sign high above Deadwood's Main Street has paid tribute to the celebrity coyote for more than half a century. Damaged by hail during thunderstorms last summer, the city of Deadwood recently paid nearly $5,200 to have the sign ...Read more

PD: Man robs Mesa neon sign store
KPHO Phoenix, April 6th

Mesa police are looking for a man in connection with a burglary at a neon sign store. The suspect broke the lock to the back gate of Graham's Neon at 450 N. Country Club Dr. just before 5:30 a.m. Friday, said Silent Witness Sgt. Darren Burch. The man ...Read more

Stockbridge neon sign business destroyed by fire
Lansing State Journal, March 31st

STOCKBRIDGE — Ingham County officials are investigating the cause of a fire early this morning that destroyed a neon sign business in downtown Stockbridge. The fire was reported at about 3:17 a.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were visible through...Read more

Fire Consumes Neon Sign Business
WLNS, March 31st

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Watch: The Dying Craft Of Neon Signs
Co.Design, March 27th

Once the letters of a neon sign have been designed, it's time for a sign manufacturer to construct it. Handled by craftsmen with decades of experience, a glass tube will be heated up over a (1,472 degrees Fahrenheit) flame until it is hot enough to be...Read more

Can Hong Kong save its neon signs? One museum hopes so
CNN, March 26th

Plus, that classic neon sign buzzing sound gets on some people's nerves. The city's streets continue to be bathed in fluorescence -- so much so that it's considered the most light-polluted place in the world. But these days, Hong Kong business owners...Read more

The Beauty Of Hong Kong's Neon Signs
PSFK, March 25th

The neon sign industry was especially popular in the 80s and 90s, but the introduction of LED lights has affected the livelihood of the neon sign craftsmen, and neon signs are disappearing. M+ architecture and design curator Aric Chen said, “These...Read more