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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Life In Albany
SFGate, September 4th

The Hotsy Totsy has good drinks, a great neon sign and a taco truck right on the premises. If that's not enough, there's always the Mallard, Ivy Room, Pub or the Mel-O-Dee Lounge right nearby. Photo: David Curran. The Hotsy Totsy has good drinks, a...Read more

Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre goes up in lights as restored neon sign ...
Hutchinson News, September 1st

Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre went up in lights Tuesday night to celebrate the restoration of its historic vertical neon sign. The neon lights were accompanied by music by Drum Sax Axe and vocalists Cris Corey, Amy Bretz and Amy Frederick. First...Read more

Pink Poodle neon sign lights up new postage stamps
ABC Local, September 1st

The Gold Coast's iconic Pink Poodle neon sign has been featured on a new limited edition collection of postage stamps. Print page; Email this; Permalink. Share. The Pink Poodle Motel neon sign on the Gold Coast. The Pink Poodle Motel neon sign at...Read more

Iconic Copal Grill neon sign resurfaces on Craigslist
Greensboro News & Record, August 30th

Listed for sale among the used cars, worn baby clothes and unneeded bunk beds was the blue and white neon sign that once stood in front of the old Copal Grill on Wilkinson Boulevard. The 68-year-old sign – believed to be the area's first freestanding...Read more

Copal Grill neon sign resurfaces on Craigslist
Charlotte Observer, August 29th

Listed for sale among the used cars, worn baby clothes and unneeded bunk beds was the blue and white neon sign that stood in front of the Copal Grill on Wilkinson Boulevard. The 68-year-old sign – believed to be the area's first freestanding neon ...Read more

Broken neon sign a Route 66 eyesore
KOAT Albuquerque, August 23rd

MEGAN CRUZ IS LIFE -- LIVE. MEGAN CRUZ: IT IS SUPPOSED TO SAY 66 UP THERE, MARKING THE HISTORIC ROUTE THROUGH ALBUQUERQUE, AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS MISSING A NUMBER, CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE SIGN HAS BEEN LIKE THIS ...Read more

Photos: The dying art of the neon sign
PBS NewsHour (blog), August 21st

A man stands in the light of the neon sign at Paris Cotton Singlets Co. Ltd, 15 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay. “We've been here since 1971, and our neon sign has been with us the whole time. Now the sign is getting old; no one is willing to fix it. But we...Read more

Albuquerque Route 66 neon sign goes dark, city looks to renovate
KRQE News 13, August 19th

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A big, bright sign that is supposed to spruce up Central in Albuquerque and draw tourists to the old Route 66 is going dark. A portion of the neon-lit archway doesn't light up anymore. “It's something that the tourists first see...Read more