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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Sunset Overdrive Neon Signs Locations Map 'What's Your Sign' Guide
SegmentNext, October 29th

Fizzco has not only put the entire Sunset City under surveillance using CCTV cameras, but has also flooded the whole city with advertisement of their products. What's better than to let out your frustration by destroying Fizzco property, starting from...Read more

Prospect.3 neon floating sign: What makes you feel like #iBelongHere?
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com, October 28th

Tavares Strachan's 'You belong here' neon sign draws reactions Conceptual artist Tavares Strachan's billboard-sized 'You belong here' floating neon sign was a highlight of the opening day of the Prospect.3 international art festival in New Orleans...Read more

Neon Sign Art Casts a Retro Glow
Wicked Local Eastham, October 24th

In the 1990s, the graphic design major lived in a vintage trailer without running water or electricity while working as an apprentice at a neon sign shop and later as a sign repairman. Today, his artwork, which Sanders describes as rustic, garish and...Read more

El Mocambo's Iconic Neon Palm Tree Sign For Sale On eBay After 68 Years
Huffington Post Canada, October 22nd

Grosso also is hoping the City of Toronto might become involved like they did regarding the famed neon sign atop the Sam The Record Man store which stood for several decades before closing its doors in 2007. Last July, Blog.to reported that particular...Read more

Tavares Strachan's 'You belong here' neon river barge is a Prospect.3 must-see
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com, October 17th

Tavares Strachan's 'You Belong Here' neon barge, Prospect.3 Conceptual artist Tavares Strachan's 120-foot-by-27-foot neon sign 'You Belong Here' is mounted on barge that will ply the Mississippi River during the first week of Prospect.3, which opens Oct...Read more

Porky's Drive-In neon sign coming down
Mansfield News Journal, October 16th

The owner of Porky's Drive In on Ashland Road has a new sign, replacing the neon sign his late father Paul 'Porky' Blasberg erected in 1949. Video by Lou Whitmire. Lou Whitmire, lwhitmir@mansfieldnewsjournal.com 4:57 p.m. EDT October 16, 2014...Read more

Edmonton Neon Sign Museum Is Canada's First (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Canada, October 14th

EDMONTON - Workers were taking a huge, glowing sign off a shuttered Edmonton furniture store as David Holdsworth walked by. When he was told the old neon sign was destined for the junk pile, he convinced a former owner of the Canadian Furniture ...Read more

Video: A day in the life of a master neon sign artist
Boing Boing, October 7th

“It's like handwriting, everyone has their signature.” Portland-based master neon designer Mike Heist, who has been working in the neon industry for 30 years, is a master of his craft. He's responsible for bending of some of Portland's most iconic signage...Read more