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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After Years of Frostiness, a Selective Co-op Tries a Friendlier Facade
New York Times, September 1st

Gloria Vanderbilt, who sued over perceived discrimination against an African-American companion; and Joan Crawford, who was dating the president of Pepsi and is said to have had the company's famous neon sign erected in Queens to mar the building's ...Read more

Yuppies Are Killing the Dive Bar
Newsweek, September 1st

These pleasures, to be found in dive bars, used to be readily available on the street corners of New York and Chicago, in establishments that had an Irish name, or a Polish name, or maybe no name at all—just a neon sign announcing the presence of...Read more

Helena in 75 Objects: 53. Early neon lights inside Bert & Ernie's
Helena Independent Record, August 28th

But inside the bar and restaurant is something even more valuable: what could be Montana's first neon sign. A red arrow fashioned from neon tubes surrounds blue neon lettering for Broadwater Inn. Off to the side, by the arrow's tail, in green neon are...Read more

Neon sign power leak blamed for ATM electric shock death of baby girl
Phuket Gazette, August 27th

PHUKET: Electric shocks that killed a two-year-old girl in Trang's Yan Ta Khao district on August 7 stemmed from a power leakage from a neon sign placed over an automated teller machine, police said yesterday. Citing an electrical engineer's report...Read more

Medical marijuana shops get neon-sign waiver
Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 27th

JOHN GURZINSKI/LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL The restored giant spiked high-heal shoe that used to be part of the marquee sign for the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall is shown along Las Vegas Boulevard on Monday, November 9, 2009, in Las Vegas...Read more

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

Casino's neon sign bursts into flames
Southland Times, August 4th

All bets were off - briefly - yesterday when a neon Skycity casino sign burst into flames in Queenstown. Volunteer firefighters were called to the entrance of Stratton House in Beach St when the sign burst into flames and a small fire started in the...Read more