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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All 'bout dat grace: Churches embrace fun signs
The Evening Sun, November 25th

such careful crafting may just be a few fleeting moments of a driver's time, free food for thought for believers, agnostics and atheists alike. But on a deeper level, the tradition helps keep faith front and center in an increasingly “neon sign...Read more

Celebration in the Oaks 2015: Meet the man behind City Park's annual light display, November 25th

He likes the brand new pair of peacocks whose tail feathers are animated like an old-fashioned neon sign. And he's proud of the months of work required to produce the flashing, leaping, roughly 100-foot-wide musical light show farthest east in the...Read more

Norwegian's newest cruise ship has that Miami flavor
Miami Herald, November 25th

small plates by Pubbelly Restaurant Group of Miami Beach; the District Brew House, a craft beer hall in partnership with Wynwood Brewing Co.; and Tobacco Road, Miami's oldest bar (the ship has the neon sign, photos and memorabilia from the original)...Read more

'Daredevil' & 'Jessica Jones' Crossover? Matt Murdock to Run Into Jones Soon?
Latin Post, November 25th

Another hint that these Netflix series will strongly be connected was the recent teaser posted on the "Daredevil" Twitter account showing a neon sign of Luke's bar, Josie's. The tweet revealed a new "watering hole," where the Marvel characters may...Read more

Mill Mountain Star co-creator dies at 98
Roanoke Times, November 24th

The company opened the first neon sign plant in Virginia in 1933 and constructed hundreds of large neon signs in multiple states across the Southeast U.S. Those structures include Roanoke's 88½-foot-tall monument, which was first switched on 66 years ...Read more

Child sex abuse inquiry: Police asked repeat abuse victim if she was wearing ...
ABC Online, November 24th

A survivor of child sex abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest and a family member was asked by police if she was wearing a neon sign saying "come and get me" above her head when she was a teenager, an inquiry has heard. Witness Julie Stewart broke ...Read more

Signs of the time: Why we spend big bucks to save old ads
MinnPost, October 30th

Maintaining a historic neon sign is difficult and expensive, and after a few years of brewery bankruptcies and funding shortfall, the Grain Belt sign went dark. But elsewhere, historic signs are experiencing a rebirth atop historic buildings, offering...Read more

Red Key Tavern's iconic neon sign is in jeopardy
Indianapolis Star, October 28th

Time moves slowly at the Red Key Tavern, known for its vinyl-covered booths from the 1950s, for still having Patsy Cline on the jukebox (for still having a jukebox, for that matter) and for enforcing an old-school code of conduct drawn up during the...Read more