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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Alan Cumming Brings Pomp & Purity to Carnegie Hall: Live Review
Billboard, February 9th

Despite missing a giant neon sign declaring the stage as such (“It would have cost $10,000! Share your wealth for important things -- otherwise, you'll leave it to your children who will spend it on hookers and coke”), Carnegie Hall undeniably became...Read more

Dust Bowl Brewing Company gets OK for vintage-style sign
Central Valley Business Journal, February 8th

The craft beer company received approval from the city's planning commission Thursday to erect a neon sign on the roof of its new taproom and restaurant under construction at 3000 Fulkerth Rd. The sign will be made of individual, red neon letters that...Read more

Wind blows out St. Paul skyline's First National Bank sign
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, February 8th

Wind damage has indefinitely turned off an iconic neon sign in the St. Paul skyline. The red "1st" sign atop the First National Bank Building in St. Paul needs repairs, new owner Madison Equities Inc. told KARE 11. Jim Crockarell's Madison Equities...Read more

Learn about the art of neon signs at The Museum Of Neon Art (MONA), February 3rd

Over the years MONA has experienced the rise and fall of the Neon Sign Industry, but has continued it's programs like the LUMENS project with the city of Los Angeles, and it's Neon Cruise Bus Tour which has perhaps contributed to the popularity of neon ...Read more

The Museum of Neon Art Switches Back on in LA
Hyperallergic, February 3rd

The institution has likely lasted this long because of a continued fascination with neon, now more than 100 years after the neon sign was invented. Artist Dan Flavin famously used neon for his minimalist sculptures, while more recently, contemporary...Read more

Neon sign company in Utica to be featured on The History Channel
WKTV, January 29th

UTICA, NY-- The collaboration of two local businesses is what helped launch Just Neon Sign Company on to The History Channel. The Utica based neon sign shop will be featured on the popular hit show American Restoration. Howie Cohen, the owner of the ...Read more

Utica Neon Artist Appearing on National TV Show
WIBX AM 950, January 28th

Howie Cohen, artist and owner of Just Neon Sign Company at 409 James Street in Utica will be featured on the History Channel's popular television program, American Restoration. The first airing of the episode is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Friday...Read more

Boot & Saddle sign back with all lights blazin', January 12th

The neon sign known as The Boot -- envisioned as the gateway to South Broad -- was hoisted up briefly in June, but was taken back down for more work. Here, workmen guide the huge boot upward as it is hoisted up to the building. ( ED HILLE / staff ...Read more