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Whether you seek Neon lights to rekindle your memories of what once was; or you are seeing the signs for the first time, they are an interesting and an enjoyable attraction.
Remnants .. remembered and yearned for, the neon lights.. celestial fires of another sort, green, gold, ruby red, & electric blue. Not only are the signs historical, with their spectacular colors, intricate animation, and sheer size, they are also considered by many to be true works of art.
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Born of steel and glass,
fired by Noble Gas.
Beckoning, nocturnal, left behind.
Some forgotten ghosts of good times gone.
A handful alive, preserved by a new generation.
Sublime under peeling paint and rust patina

 

Old neon signs are the endangered species along the roadsides of many countries. Many are being replaced with generic, cheaper to maintain signs lit with fluorescent bulbs. Others are left to degrade and become dim when tubes break and are not replaced. There are new neon signs being produced, but they more often than not do not have the imagination of a master neon sign.

The History of Neon
The word Neon comes from the Greek "neos," meaning "The New Gas." Old Neon signs are most often neon or argon gas in a vacuum tube; the smaller the diameter of the tube, the more intense the light produced and the higher the voltage required to illuminate it.

The neon sign is attributed to Georges Claude who popularized it in Paris in 1910. The Lights Fantastic was brought to America in 1923. Earle C. Anthony purchased two signs for $24,000, money enough to purchase a small bungalow or two automobiles, and installed them in his Los Angeles Packard dealership. It is said, one sign still glows in the night!

Although there are now more than 150 neon colors possible by combining different gases like Krypton, Xenon and Helium, two favorites remain -- a fiery orange-red Neon gas called Ruby Red and a soft lavender Argon gas that turns a brilliant blue when enhanced with a drop or two of mercury. Another blue - Bromo Blue - named from the popular deep blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle, is a glass color made from Cobalt.

In the early years neon signs stopped traffic as people stared in fascination. The so-called "Liquid Fire" captivated the public and it wasn't long before neon was everywhere. Theater marquee, night club and restaurant signs became an integral part of the streamlined American landscape.

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Neon became the light of the American Dream. Technology created even more colors and by the 50's pink and turquoise started to cover the new drive-ins and diners, matching girl's felt poodle skirts and boy's ruffled tuxedo shirts for Prom night.

By the 60's bright plastic signs began to appear and neon's blazing lights, suddenly considered tacky, faded across the nation. During the next ten years neon sign making almost became a lost art, but in the early 70's a new breed of neon craftspeople emerged; these artisans expanded the realm of neon from advertising signs into the world of art. Artists like Fishman learned to use neon tubing to express his visions. The results are nothing less than breath-taking!
 

See the About.com - History of Neon Signs web page or Let there be Neon for more interesting information.

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Instructions for Posting a Artistic Neon Lights Waymark:
The neon signs waymarked in this category must be unique and artistic neon creations. There is plenty of average neon out there - beer signs, neon "open" signs. What we are looking for is something that is above average, either in the graphic arts and imagery sense Examples of what are acceptable and unacceptable signs can be seen in the photos above.

Required:

  • Coordinates at the sign
  • Two photos; we strongly encourage one to be an evening shot, and the other a day shot if possible. Please make the evening photo the default image if you have a good one.
  • Information about the history of the business the sign advertises.
  • Is the business still in operation?
  • REMINDER: Signs in this category must be UNIQUE, GRAPHICALLY ARTISTIC, neon creations. TEXT ONLY SIGNS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED

  • Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
    Please upload a day & night photo of the sign if possible and tell us about its current condition. Is the neon working? How is the paint wearing?
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    A neon sign is located on the window of the Main Kitchen Chinese Restaurant at 935 Enfield Street in Enfield, CT.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

    location: Connecticut

    date approved: 6/11/2022

    last visited: never

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    Bierreclame Museum - Breda

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Andre 61

    location: Utrecht, Netherlands

    date approved: 5/15/2022

    last visited: 5/16/2022

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    A unique and amusing sign in Boxyard RTP

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BONSAIRAD

    location: North Carolina

    date approved: 2/28/2022

    last visited: never

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    One of many neon signs at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 2/21/2022

    last visited: never

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    Neon barber pole in Dimondale, MI.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bobfrapples8

    location: Michigan

    date approved: 2/21/2022

    last visited: 3/22/2022

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    One of many neon signs at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 2/21/2022

    last visited: never

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    Glasses in Optician shop

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ariberna

    location: Galicia, Spain

    date approved: 2/8/2022

    last visited: 2/8/2022

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    This former movie theater is now a Pentacostal Church.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

    location: Texas

    date approved: 12/15/2021

    last visited: never

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    For decades, Puerta del Sol has been illuminated by a giant, guitar-wielding bottle of sherry.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ariberna

    location: Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

    date approved: 12/15/2021

    last visited: 2/27/2022

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    One of the most famous theaters in Hollywood.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 10/28/2021

    last visited: never

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    A Target on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: Nevada

    date approved: 10/28/2021

    last visited: never

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    A vintage theater in downtown Seal Beach, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 10/28/2021

    last visited: never

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    Located at South Coast Plaza Mall.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: California

    date approved: 10/17/2021

    last visited: 10/18/2021

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    One of the only In'N'Out locations that isn't a stand alone building is located at the Linq in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: Nevada

    date approved: 10/17/2021

    last visited: never

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    An arcade located along the Ocean City boardwalk.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: Maryland

    date approved: 8/24/2021

    last visited: never

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    De Lieve Vrouw Theater Film & Cafe in Amersfoort has a 360 degrees / circular neon light.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T-Team!

    location: Utrecht, Netherlands

    date approved: 8/17/2021

    last visited: 10/23/2021

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    Historic building in which is a historic restaurant. "Home of the Mile High Pie."

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 7/31/2021

    last visited: never

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    A relocated artistic neon sign of a famous Fort Myers eatery.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR

    location: Florida

    date approved: 5/23/2021

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    A neon sign above the main entrance to the King Crab Lounge at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 4/22/2021

    last visited: 4/22/2021

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    A fish house located at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 4/22/2021

    last visited: 4/22/2021

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    This cowboy, clothes outlined in various colors of light, stands atop a pole in front of Hotel Drover (opened Q1-2021) in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark

    location: Texas

    date approved: 3/28/2021

    last visited: never

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    A neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland known for its abundance of breweries.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: Maryland

    date approved: 2/22/2021

    last visited: 2/22/2021

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    Artistic Neon LightsVery First Hard Rock Café Guitar - Las Vegas, NV

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    The Neon Museum is home to the world's first Hard Rock Café guitar sign. Admission fee required to view it up close.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

    location: Nevada

    date approved: 2/22/2021

    last visited: 4/27/2022

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    Artistic Neon LightsJerry's Nugget sign - Las Vegas, NV

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    The Neon Museum's 'Boneyard' is home many artistic neon signs such as this one. Admission fee required to view it up close.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

    location: Nevada

    date approved: 2/22/2021

    last visited: never

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    This vintage artistic neon sign is located at the Neon Museum. Admission fees apply to view it up close.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

    location: Nevada

    date approved: 2/22/2021

    last visited: never

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