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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Remade classic sign to light up Museum of Neon Art
Glendale News Press, March 26th

The neon sign is a remake — not an original — of an old sign that used to hang above Clayton's Plumbing in Westwood. The new iteration still has the business' name in red and white letters and features three droplets of water falling and then splashing...Read more

A neon icon disappears from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Vancouver Sun, March 24th

VANCOUVER -- The neon sea horse for The Only seafood restaurant has been a fixture at 20 East Hastings since it went up in 1951. Somehow it managed to stay up as the Downtown Eastside spiralled downward, a reminder of the day when East Hastings ...Read more

Quality, artistry, history: Neon signs have that certain 'something'
Duluth News Tribune, March 21st

A neon sign for Duluth Photo Engraving Co. stretches over three tables at Grandma's Saloon & Grill in Canal Park. “We are antique advertisement collectors,” general manager Brian Daugherty said. (Steve Kuchera / ...Read more

Zodiac Bar & Grill receives funds from DIA for new bar, neon sign
Jacksonville Business Journal, March 12th

The owner of the Zodiac Bar & Grill intends to remodel portions of its existing restaurant and bar on the first floor of the historical Schultz Building, and is getting city help in doing so. The restaurant, located at 120 West Adams St., received...Read more

Rio Vista neon signs getting a face lift
TheReporter.Com, March 9th

The iconic Striper Cafe sign on Main Street in Rio Vista is being restored. Workers began on the old metal and neon sign in Rio Vista, California on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. The sign will be restored and new neon lights will be installed. — For...Read more

Neon sign apparently sparks fire at Beachwear store on Kings Highway
WMBF, March 5th

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach firefighters responded to a 2nd-alarm fire at Whale Beachwear on 15th Avenue and Kings Highway Thursday morning, according to Bruce Arnell, Fire Marshal with the MBFR. The building was filled with smoke, ...Read more

Off-Ramp solves the mystery of Rose Hills Cemetery's giant neon sign
89.3 KPCC, March 4th

To Joseph Romero, a 30-year Pico Rivera resident, a huge neon sign — maybe the biggest commercial sign in Southern California — is very personal. It's the sign that stands guardian over Whittier's Rose Hills Memorial Park, more than a century old and...Read more

Peacock Loop Diner's Neon Sign Up for Award
Riverfront Times (blog), March 3rd

The neon sign at the Peacock Loop Diner (6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555) was up and visible way before the 24-hour restaurant opened. It's now one more beacon on Delmar Boulevard, practically as recognizable as Blueberry Hill's ...Read more