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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New owner vows not to remove historic Carlos Club neon sign, November 25th

New owner vows not to remove historic Carlos Club sign. New owner vows not to remove historic Carlos Club sign. San Carlos residents are relieved the new owner of the old Carlos Club vowed not to remove the historic neon sign above it. Embed...Read more

Chicago's neon signs shine in new book
Crain's Chicago Business, November 24th

Many Chicagoans can probably think of a favorite neon sign already—perhaps the tall “Jesus Saves” sign in Andersonville, or the glowing glass tubing atop Loop restaurant the Berghoff. In recent years, technology—especially photo-sharing sites like...Read more

St. Clair's Old Skylark Motel Neon Sign Returns
The Missourian, November 22nd

The St. Clair VFW unveiled the restored Skylark Motel sign and neon glass tower lighting on Saturday evening during a special ceremony. The local VFW is housed in what used to be the restaurant portion of the motel, which opened along Highway 66 just ...Read more

Krauthammer: Executive Amnesty 'A Gigantic Neon Sign,' 'Invitation To Mass ...
Daily Caller, November 20th

According to syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, President Barack Obama's executive action allowing work permits and deferred deportations to nearly five million illegal immigrants will be a “gigantic neon sign” and an “invitation” to Central ...Read more

Lights Out: Louisville neon sign owner proposes demolishing icon
The Denver Channel, November 18th

That's the concern among residents in Louisville about a proposal to demolish the iconic neon sign at Empire Lounge. The owner, James Cohen, applied for the demolition permit because he says the sign has become an operations and maintenance burden ...Read more

The RTA will restore historic neon sign
Arizona Daily Star (blog), November 14th

A historical neon sign that hasn't flashed neon in decades will get a makeover, thanks to plans to build a bus stop. It all started about four years ago when the Regional Transportation Authority identified the area in front of Mario's Pizza at 3157 N...Read more

Former Empire Bar's neon sign finds new home in Old Town Saginaw, November 14th

The neon sign that once welcomed patrons to the Empire Bar on South Baum in downtown Saginaw now hangs in the window of the Ippel Building lobby in Saginaw's Old Town District. The sign marks the newest addition to the district's neon sign park, ...Read more

Neon sign torn down; preservationists take up cause
Arizona Daily Star, November 12th

The retro neon sign that marked the Grant-Stone Shopping Center for more than a half-century was torn down Wednesday — but efforts to save it may have been gaining traction by day's end. Two smaller “city sign-code compliant signs” — for Family...Read more