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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American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: The Edge Of Orgy
Refinery29, October 7th

But what did you think of the premiere – are you all in on season 5? And perhaps more important: Which neon sign would you prefer for your own haunted-by-the-past house: “WHY AREN'T WE HAVING SEX RIGHT NOW?” or “I LOVE YOU TO DEATH”?...Read more

Downtown building slated for boutique hotel could be capped with neon sign
Nashville Post (subscription) (blog), October 5th

Nashville-based BNA Associates will go before the Metro Development and Design Review Committee Tuesday to seek approval for exterior updates — including what could be an eye-catching neon rooftop sign — for a proposed boutique hotel to be called ...Read more

Bill's Pizza may get to keep its neon sign despite new code
Chicago Tribune, October 2nd

It should stay. It should be considered a landmark. The issue was never anything other than it being on a pole." Trustee Holly Kim agreed that the neon sign and its pole do not reflect poorly on Mundelein. "I think it would look odd if it were put on a...Read more

Neon sign ban may not affect pre-existing stores in Nolensville
Brentwood Home Page, October 1st

An ordinance that would ban the use of neon lighting in business windows was discussed Thursday night during a public hearing at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. Although the ordinance does not apply to seasonal holiday lighting, it does state ...Read more

Bill's Pizza asking Mundelein to keep neon sign
Chicago Daily Herald, September 25th

The owners of Bill's Pizza & Pub, 624 S. Lake St., have requested a variance from Mundelein's sign ordinance so they can keep the restaurant's trademark neon sign. The village's community and economic development committee will consider the request at ...Read more

Goldmann's Department Store neon sign may shine again — in Minot, N.D.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 24th

This is not the first iconic neon sign to leave town. A decade ago, the National Liquor Bar's giant bottle pouring intoxicating light into a shot glass was considered as an addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, but it wound up instead at Heaven City...Read more

'The Barn' sign in Sanford may win a place in history
Orlando Sentinel, September 23rd

Drive into Sanford on U.S. Highway 17-92, and one of the first things you'll notice is "The Barn's" iconic neon sign with a pair of girl's dancing on the top corners. Now Sanford is moving forward with designating the sign as a historic landmark. The...Read more

Neon sign outside controversial Sanford bar could become historic landmark
WFTV Orlando, September 15th

A neon sign outside a troubled Sanford bar is on its way to becoming a historic landmark. City leaders gave it the greenlight Monday night, just weeks after the city's police chief said the bar is a problem. The Barn is located on State Road 1792 in...Read more