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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The Stars Shine Again At Oceanside's Historic Star Theatre
KPBS, July 3rd

Oceanside's historic Star Theatre will switch on its renovated neon marquee Friday night and light up animated neon stars. The neon sign was constructed in 1956, when the theater was built. It remains the largest and oldest operating neon theater sign...Read more

Jefferson Parish breakfast restaurants robbed at gunpoint early Friday, July 3rd

Morning Call neon sign. The Morning Call Coffee Stand in Metairie was robbed at gunpoint early Friday, July 3, 2015. A couple hours later, Dots Diner, a few miles away, also was robbed. ( | Times-Picayune archive) ( | Times-Picayune ...Read more

Neon nights: When 'liquid fire' powered New York City
Mashable, June 24th

Licensing smaller manufacturers to create neon signs in specific geographic territories, Claude's neon sign company took a percentage of the entire business, valued at $16.9 million by 1931. A year later, his patent expired. By 1940, almost 2,000 small ...Read more

Bird nest in neon sign causes fire at Dairy Queen, June 23rd

Firemen say heat from a neon sign started a bird's nest on fire - leading rescue crews to the Dairy Queen in Cedar Falls on Monday morning. Fire Chief John Schilling says the bird nest was built in the sign, and an employee used a fire extinguisher to...Read more

Antique neon sign to light way to Odd Fellows
Daily Democrat, June 19th

The public is invited to an evening “lighting ceremony” on Tuesday, June 23, starting at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 415 Second St., in Davis, when an antique neon sign is expected to be turned on. Davis Mayor Dan Wolk and...Read more

Historic Fox Theatre getting new neon marquee
Detroit Free Press, June 19th

The continued renewal of downtown Detroit swept up the six-story facade of the iconic Fox Theatre, startling some lunchtime drivers today as one of the two 14-foot tall griffins swung by crane over Woodward Avenue to a flatbed truck. The morning...Read more

Watch This Neon Sign Master Make His Glowing Art
Popular Mechanics, June 17th

Twin Cities Public Television's "MN Originals," which "celebrates Minnesota's creative community," just aired an episode featuring an excellent segment (see below) on Matt Thompson, a glassblower who has been making neon signs for 30 years...Read more

Artist parodies ?stanbul art scene in börek shop neon sign
Today's Zaman, June 5th

But convincing the shop's owner to replace the neon sign of his highly popular shop on S?raselviler Street with the Deleuze sign was difficult. “The original sign has been here for the past 10 years and it took some time to convince the owner to take...Read more