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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Museum collects neon blast from Orlando's past
Florida Today, January 31st

When the museum acquired Club Juana's diamond-speckled neon sign, “it didn't look like much,” Ruggiero said. “But the Morse Museum had the insight to know that when they took off the lavender from the '50s and '60s, we got to the true Las Vegas (style) ...Read more

Video: A Colorful Visit to Cincinnati's American Sign Museum
Huffington Post, January 27th

drug store signs, and even an old Times Square sign point the path to a wonderful history in neon. One of my favorite signs is the Sky Vu Motel neon sign. It's from the mid-1950's and used to be on Highway 40 by Kansas City. There's nothing that I...Read more

Clifton's Cafeteria facade gets new neon sign
LA Observed, January 26th

Over the weekend, workers were seen installing and testing a neon sign above the entrance of the Clifton's Brookdale cafeteria on Broadway. The downtown landmark has been closed since 2011, undergoing renovations by new owner Andrew Meieran...Read more

New neon sign highlights Freight House
Quad City Times, January 20th

The new $47,000 sign sits atop the Freight House in downtown Davenport. The building is home to the semi-weekly farmers market, Front Street Brewery, Nostalgia Farms deli and food hub. 2015-01-21T04:45:00Z 2015-01-21T15:13:15Z New neon sign ...Read more

Video: Rio Theatre's iconic neon sign ready to light up again
Vancouver Sun, January 15th

Video: Rio Theatre's iconic neon sign ready to light up again. Vancouver Sun January 15, 2015. Story; Photos ( 2 ). The theatre spent $16,320, money raised through a crowd-sourced Indiegogo campaign, to service the iconic sign's neon components and ...Read more

Rio Theatre's iconic neon sign ready to light up again
Vancouver Sun (blog), January 15th

Rio Theatre staff will flip the switch on their refurbished sign at Commercial and Broadway at 6 p.m. tonight. Come towards the light… at 6:00 TONIGHT! Join us as we #LightuptheRio with our newly restored neon sign. #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/odCpiNRiC5...Read more

Rio Theatre to reveal updated neon sign this week
News1130, January 13th

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Lush photography book illuminates S.F.'s neon history
San Francisco Examiner, January 6th

About the “quiropractico” sign at 2533 Mission St., they say, “There is no evidence of any chiropractors on this block today, but this seems to be the last surviving bilingual neon sign in the Mission District.” Or at Sunset Shoe Repair, on 621 Irving...Read more