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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Cheesesteak Wars: Steak Shop Goes Neon
NBC 10 Philadelphia, August 14th

Pat's King of Steaks will be putting a neon sign directly across from their competitor, Geno's Steaks. Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 • Updated at 7:06 AM EDT. One of South Philadelphia's neighboring cheesesteak icons in stepping up the rivalry by going neon...Read more

Marte's homer smashes Aces neon sign in win
Reno Gazette Journal, August 11th

The Reno Aces' Andy Marte hits a two-run homer off the neon Aces sign on the scoreboard during Monday's 17-4 rout of the Sacramento River Cats at Aces Ballpark to cap a five-game series against the Pacific Northern Division leaders. Reno Aces/Pacific ...Read more

City Notes: Neon sign idea nixed by alderwomen
Frederick News Post (subscription), August 2nd

Alderman Phil Dacey may have shared his thoughts about neon signs with the wrong people. At the board's workshop Wednesday, Dacey said he thinks the city should allow downtown business owners to display small neon “open” signs in their windows...Read more

Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar neon sign needs help to light up the night again
Westword (blog), July 31st

"It is just a really cool, bright neon sign. It's a great example of commercial signage from that era. It's got overlapping, zigzagging letters and nobody would put that amount of work into bending glass on a modern sign," says Scholl. "The font and...Read more

M+ hosts an interactive exhibition mapping hong kong's neon signs
Designboom, July 31st

'I pass by this old neon sign (which I affectionately call 'city fish') so often and have captured it on film many times. although the first photo i took is probably my favorite, I am still quite taken by the giant sea image – especially in contrast to...Read more

Online Exhibition of Neon Lights Marks Sign of the Times
PSFK, July 30th

It includes the first commercial use of a neon sign in 1904 by a New Jersey hardware store that was way ahead of its time and the current dimming of the lights in Hong Kong as new regulations come into force and other forms of technology compete...Read more

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

CNN — (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 signs are dying, our appreciation isn't
KTXS, July 25th

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