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Artistic Neon Lights
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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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    • Web Address
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    Artistic Neon LightsShamrock Pub - St. Louis, Missouri

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    The Shamrock Pub is located south of downtown St. Louis.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 5/4/2007

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsSt. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame - St. Louis, Missouri

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    Neon sign for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum in down town St. Louis. Co-located with the International Bowling Hall of Fame.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 7/8/2007

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsVess Soda Bottle - St. Louis, Missouri

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    Vess Soda Bottle is located just to the north of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 3/1/2007

    last visited: 5/14/2011

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    Artistic Neon LightsFederhofer's Bakery - Affton, MO

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    A great vintage sign for this bakery

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wampa-One

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 1/21/2009

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsSkyview Drive-In - Belleville, Illinois

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    Neon sign for the operating Skyview Drive-In located in Belleville, Illinois.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Illinois

    date approved: 5/4/2007

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsLuna Cafe - Mitchell, Illinois

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    The Luna Cafe in Mitchell has a storied past and an early start along the Mother Road.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Illinois

    date approved: 3/13/2007

    last visited: 5/13/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsBelair Drive In - Mitchell, Illinois

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    Historic neon sign along Route 66 in Mitchell, Illinois.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Illinois

    date approved: 3/13/2007

    last visited: 4/2/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsSpencer's Grill, Kirkwood, MO

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    Spencer's Grill, located in the heart of Kirkwood's bustling business district, has a vintage neon sign hanging outside it's door welcoming locals and roadies alike.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Crowesfeat30

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 6/30/2007

    last visited: 8/31/2008

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    Artistic Neon LightsLionel Electric Trains - Kirkwood, MO

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    Located in Hobby Station's front window

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wampa-One

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 1/10/2009

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsBel Air Bowl - Belleville, IL

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    Large neon advertising the Bel-Air Bowling Alley in Belleville.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member paulspaper

    location: Illinois

    date approved: 4/25/2008

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsAirway Center - St. Ann, Missouri

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    Sign from the Airway Drive which closed in the 1980's and replaced by a grocery store in the 1990's. What remains is this beautiful restored neon sign from the drive-in days.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 8/28/2008

    last visited: 5/14/2011

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    Artistic Neon LightsOld Dutch Hotel - Washington MO

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    Old Dutch Hotel - Washington MO

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 4/4/2010

    last visited: 8/8/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsSonrise Donuts - Springfield, IL

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    Sign for Sonrise Donuts

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

    location: Illinois

    date approved: 8/26/2008

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsJackson Lanes

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    Jackson Lanes neon signs.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Stearman5

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 6/21/2016

    last visited: never

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