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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Neon signs are dying, but our appreciation isn't
CNN, July 25th

(CNN) -- A few years ago, Brian Daniel was driving around Los Angeles when he spotted a neon sign for a random storage facility. The red stick figures carrying yellow boxes glowed from the mundane building. It was like it was screaming out to him...Read more

Neon sign maker designs "upside down and backwards"
The Daily News Journal, July 22nd

Dave Buck with, Signs of the Times checks for leaks in the designed glass that he has created for a neon sign in his shop in Murfreesboro, on Thursday July 17, 2014, before filling it with gas. (Photo: HELEN COMER/DNJ). Fullscreen. Dave Buck with...Read more

Minneapolis neon sign maker takes in rescued duck as pet
WDRB, July 21st

He was walking by when a street crew rescued a day-old duck from a storm drain about four weeks ago. Quackers now comes with Thompson to work at his neon sign warehouse every day. In fact, the duck follows him everywhere. Thompson says he's going ...Read more

4000 Photos (and More) Hightlighting Hong Kong's Iconic Neon Sign Culture
Core77.com (blog), July 21st

The bustling scenes of Hong Kong at night wouldn't be complete without the constant glow of its neon-lit streets. This is a sentiment that is not only experienced by those who have made the pilgrimage to the city of 7 million, but also by foreigners...Read more

Man and duck make most out of being 'Odd Couple'
KARE, July 18th

Man and duck make most out of being 'Odd Couple'. An apprentice at a neon sign shop in northeast Minneapolis is a four week old duck named "Quackers." Jana Shortal, KARE 11:13 p.m. EDT July 18, 2014. Matt Thompson and Quackers (Photo: KARE)...Read more

Nicki Minaj Gives Lil Wayne A Big Neon Sign For His Studio
XXLMAG.COM, July 8th

Nicki Minaj has never shied away from showing love to her boss Lil Wayne. Yesterday the “Pill N Potions” rapper gifted Wayne with a large red neon light sign the read “TUNE.” She posted a picture of the gift on Instagram stating that she had purchased...Read more

Nicki Minaj Gets Lil Wayne A Pink Neon Sign
Young Money, July 8th

During Tune's brief debut on the social media platform, he pointed out Nicki Minaj's bright pink sign that spelled, appropriately, “Nicki Minaj”. Well, Nicki decided that since Wayne made fun of her for having a bright pink, neon sign in the studio...Read more

Neon sign above Plymouth 'gentleman's club' bursts into flames
Plymouth Herald, July 5th

A NEON sign which burst into flames outside a 'gentleman's club' could have caused major damage, the fire service has said. The sign caught fire at around 10am this morning (Saturday, July 5) outside the club on Union Street. Firefighters confirmed the ...Read more