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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In Rio Vista, historic neon signs will get a face-lift
Contra Costa Times, March 2nd

RIO VISTA -- The neon sign over the Raul's Striper Café has lost some of its shine over the past few years, but the 80-year-old icon is about to get a face-lift that will not only help restore it, but also the city's downtown, organizers hope. The sign...Read more

8 time warp restaurants that are still good
Indianapolis Star, March 2nd

Hollyhock Hill. Opened in 1928 when northern Marion County was basically the sticks, this eatery is known for "family style" dining. Diners pass around the food like they do in Norman Rockwell paintings. The big thing here is the fried chicken. 8110 N...Read more

Enormous neon sign stolen from strip mall
Lillie News, March 2nd

Curiously, it's a giant neon sign with his own name on it — "Beseman Chiropractic," it reads — not exactly an item you can turn around and sell on Craigslist or to a pawnshop without anyone raising an eyebrow. The sign is roughly 5 feet tall and 20...Read more

Fitz's Stockton: A house full of wonderful stuff
Stockton Record, March 2nd

An original Valley Brew neon sign from the old Grower's Inn. A tri-colored neon Buick sign from the old Hansel and Ortman dealership. But the Ellises also collect stories behind the signs. Like the history attached to a blue neon Sieben's Beer sign. “A...Read more

Whatever happened to...the Star Noodle neon dragon?
Salt Lake Tribune, February 10th

By Friday, though, the refurbished neon sign had been rehung and relit on the 25th Street building where for nearly 60 years it advertised the Star Noodle Parlor. The building has been restored by its owner, Fischer Regan Enterprises, and soon will...Read more

Portland vs. Pabst over city's iconic neon sign
Contra Costa Times, February 4th

The towering neon sign boasts a stag and the words "Portland Oregon," and is considered one of the most recognizable features of the city's skyline. The city had denied permission because it doesn't allow images of the sign to be used for products not ...Read more

Neon sign lights up downtown Tyler once again
Tyler Morning Telegraph, February 3rd

The “TYLER” sign at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Erwin Street received some attention Tuesday after the “TYL” neon-tubes went dark about three years ago. The 20-foot porcelain and neon-sign originally drew moviegoers to the Tyler Theater from ...Read more

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