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!


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Advertising Antiques

Advertising Antiques

This classy looking British site features hundreds of high resolution photos of antique porcelain pre-war (enamel) … [read review or visit site]

Historical Marker Database

Historical Marker Database

If you're the type who pulls over when you see a 'historic marker ahead' sign, you'll love this site. Orchestrated … [read review or visit site]

Falvo Collectables Gallery

Falvo Collectables Gallery

Ralph and Carol Falvo's excellent collection of automobiles, petroliana, jukeboxes, soda, and general store items. … [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

2-vintage Case Quality Farm Machinery -sales/service Neon Glass Sign CollectiblePabst Blue Ribbon Beer Pbr Neon Sign Vintage Bar Restaurant Decor Electric LightVtg Rare Neon Ray Clock Company Buffalo Ny Menu Board Advertising SignOld Pontiac Dealership Neon Porcelain SignNew Cocktail Parrot Cocktails Real Neon Glass Beer Bar Pub Light Sign Old Chevrolet Dealership Neon Porcelain Sign6 Foot Original Ford Neon Sign Not Porcelain 2 Sided! All Original ~needs Glass~New Corona Extra Tropical Parrot Beer Real Glass Neon Light Beer Lager Bar Sign New Fat Tire Beer Bicycle Real Glass Neon Light Bar Pub SignNew Busch Beer Deer Real Glass Neon Light Lager Bar Sign Coors Light Guitar Neon Beer Sign New Crown Royal Real Glass Neon Light Beer Whiskey Bar Pub SignFord Sign Lighted Light Up Led 36" Vintage Styling Jubilee V8 Truck Man Cave HotNew Crown Royal Real Glass Neon Light Whiskey Liquor Beer Bar Pub SignVintage Original Porcelain Chevrolet Ok Neon SignNew Landshark Lager Grill Jimmy Buffetts Real Neon Glass Light Beer Bar SignNew Nintendo Super Mario Real Glass Neon Light Sign Game Room Pub Bar Sign L150Neon Style Historic Route 66 Street Sign Chevy Usa Ford Motorcycle Truck TexacoVintage Hamm's Beer Lake Cabin Sign Light Hamms Neon Minnesota Bar Pub Tin BrewNew Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Paradise Parrot Real Neon Light Beer Sign Large 3 Foot Lighted Arrow Metal Sign Carnival Fair Exit Mobil Led Vintage LookNew Corona Extra Palm Tree Parrot Real Glass Neon Light Beer Bar Sign Fast ShipNew Captain Morgan Rum Pirate Real Neon Beer Bar Pub Light Sign Large 3 Foot Lighted Arrow Metal Sign Carnival Fair Exit Mobil Led Vintage LookPlayer's Indy Car Neon Lamp French Sign Working, Vintage, Racing Team, F1, RareNew Wisconsin Leinenkugels Beer Lager Real Glass Neon Light Beer Bar Pub SignNew Neon Light Sign Store Display Home Beer Bar Sign Real Pub SignMotel Porcelain Neon Sign Skin Nice 1950's Gas Station Man Cave AmericanaNew Jack Daniels Lives Here Whiskey Real Glass Neon Light Beer Bar SignPennzoil Sign Lubrication Advertising Gas Oil Garage Texaco Mobil Vintage Style Budweiser Aria Guitar Neon Beer Sign New Bud Light Texas Beer Lager Real Glass Neon Light Beer Bar Pub SignNew Point Beer Real Glass Neon Light Beer Lager Bar Sign New Corona Extra Parrot Beer Real Glass Neon Light Bar Pub SignNew Its 500 Somewhere Real Glass Beer Bar Real Neon Light Sign 0098New Crown Royal Real Glass Neon Light Sign Home Bar Windows Garage Wall Sign L46Old Cessna Airplane Porcelain Neon SignNew Rainier Beer Real Glass Neon Light Seattle Lager Bar Sign Budweiser Neon Light Up Bar Sign Wall Decorative CollectibleNew Alaskan Brewing Company Real Glass Neon Beer Bar Pub Light Sign New Chicago Goose Island Beer 312 Lager Real Neon Light Beer Bar Pub SignClassic Car Wagon Woody Neon Garage Sign Surfboard Open Hotrod Man Cave 25 X 15"32" Budlight Neon Flourescant SignNew Corona Extra Pink Flamingo Neon Light Sign Gift Pub Home Beer Bar SignNew Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Paradise Pink Flamingo Neon Light Beer Sign Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wings Neon Sign Brand NewFirestone Neon Sign Letters Neon It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Sign Beach Man Cave Bar Pub Drink Clock Beer PartyKona Brewing Company Hawaii Island Real Beer Bar Neon Light Sign Fast Free ShipOld Packard Motors Porcelain Neon Display SignVintage Budweiser Bud Beer Bow Tie Neon Light 30x20 Sign Mancave CollectibleNew Mlb Minnesota Twins Baseball Real Glass Neon Light Beer Bar Pub SignOld Diner Neon Porcelain SignPorcelain Rexall Drug Store Neon SignYuengling Neon SignVintage Neon Stroh's Light Beer Light, Sign. Great Working Cond. Universal Elec8 Texaco Motor Oil Can Rack Gas Pump Outboard Aircraft Engine Sign Globe MobilCrown Royal Beer Bar 3d Neon Light Sign Sd365New Caterpillar Cat Real Neon Glass Beer Bar Pub Light Sign New Miller Lite Man Cave Real Glass Neon Beer Lager Bar Pub Light Sign

Recent News: Neon Signs

Source: Google News

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

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

Neon sign maker designs "upside down and backwards"
The Daily News Journal, July 22nd

Dave Buck with, Signs of the Times checks for leaks in the designed glass that he has created for a neon sign in his shop in Murfreesboro, on Thursday July 17, 2014, before filling it with gas. (Photo: HELEN COMER/DNJ). Fullscreen. Dave Buck with...Read more