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 sign apparently sparks fire at Beachwear store on Kings Highway
WMBF, March 5th

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach firefighters responded to a 2nd-alarm fire at Whale Beachwear on 15th Avenue and Kings Highway Thursday morning, according to Bruce Arnell, Fire Marshal with the MBFR. The building was filled with smoke, ...Read more

Off-Ramp solves the mystery of Rose Hills Cemetery's giant neon sign
89.3 KPCC, March 4th

To Joseph Romero, a 30-year Pico Rivera resident, a huge neon sign — maybe the biggest commercial sign in Southern California — is very personal. It's the sign that stands guardian over Whittier's Rose Hills Memorial Park, more than a century old and...Read more

Peacock Loop Diner's Neon Sign Up for Award
Riverfront Times (blog), March 3rd

The neon sign at the Peacock Loop Diner (6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555) was up and visible way before the 24-hour restaurant opened. It's now one more beacon on Delmar Boulevard, practically as recognizable as Blueberry Hill's ...Read more

Historic neon signs will get a faclift
Daily Democrat, March 2nd

RIO VISTA -- The neon sign over the Raul's Striper Caf 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 organizers also hope, the city's downtown. The sign...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

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