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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Canada's first outdoor neon sign museum lights up downtown Edmonton street
Vancouver Sun, October 22nd

Officials flicked the switch on the downtown Neon Sign Museum on a cold night in February. The gleaming gallery currently contains eight historic and refurbished neon signs erected on a brick wall on a revitalized stretch of 104 Street just south of...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 ft. by 27 ft. neon sign 'You Belong Here' is mounted on barge that will ply the Mississippi River during the first week of Prospect.3, which opens...Read more

Neon Sign Art Casts a Retro Glow
Wicked Local Cape Cod, October 16th

When driving along South First Street in Austin, Texas, people tend to slow to a crawl when they spot the weathered white building with a huge “Greetings from Austin” mural splashed across a side wall and a fire engine red neon arrow declaring, “This...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

Old neon signs line street in Edmonton
Hamilton Spectator, October 13th

Officials flicked the switch on the downtown Neon Sign Museum on a cold night in February. The gleaming gallery currently contains eight historic and refurbished neon signs erected on a brick wall on a revitalized stretch of 104 Street just south of...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