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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Holiday in the Park 'dazzles' at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
TheReporter.Com, November 28th

Not to far from the fire pit, a large neon sign was visible which read, “Santa's Workshop.” Inside, children could meet with the jolly old elf himself for a photo and quick chat. One small child played peek-a-boo with Santa behind the sleigh before...Read more

Tacoma Elf Storage, November 27th

And every year, under the red neon sign, visitors get their elf on. The place inspires some uniquely South Sound holiday cards. And where exactly do they store the elves? "That's a deep secret. We have no idea," laughed Bradbrooke. Fear not -- all the...Read more

Child sex abuse inquiry: Police asked repeat abuse victim if she was wearing ...
ABC Online, November 24th

A survivor of child sex abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest and a family member was asked by police if she was wearing a neon sign saying "come and get me" above her head when she was a teenager, an inquiry has heard. Witness Julie Stewart broke ...Read more

Check Out The New Museum Of Neon Art Before The Grand Opening
LAist, November 20th

Clifton's Cafeteria Turns On Its New Neon Sign After Years Of Renovations: LAist. Undo. The Broad Museum Announces Opening Date And A Sneak Peek: LAist. Undo. 16 Excellent Bars For Outdoor Drinking In Los Angeles: LAist. Undo. tip us like us tweet us...Read more

Schensul: From the mob to neon, the only in Las Vegas museums, November 15th

The seeds of what is now a collection of some 150 neon signs included donations from the Young Electric Sign Co., which created the first neon sign in Las Vegas for the Boulder Club and was responsible for many of Las Vegas' neon icons — including ...Read more

Hopkinton: CVS to use Colella's sign
Wicked Local, November 11th

HOPKINTON — The owners of the former Colella's Supermarket property on Main Street are hoping to replace the faces of an existing neon sign to make sure a planned CVS pharmacy can have an internally lit sign. "We are going to use the same box," said ...Read more

Restoration Neon
KPBS, November 5th

Perhaps more than any other city on the planet, the neon sign is integral to Las Vegas' aesthetic, economic and cultural history. The signs are icons that defined Las Vegas. They are spectacles signifying fantasy, fun and the kind of frontier freedom...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