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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.

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  • 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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    Artistic Neon LightsRahapuu / Money Tree - Turku, Finland

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    Rahapuu niminen valotaideteos pankkirakennuksen kyljessä Puutorilla Turussa. A neon light artwork called Rahapuu (Money Tree) on the side of a bank building on Puutori in Turku.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Smurffaaja

    location: Finland

    date approved: 9/19/2020

    last visited: 9/28/2020

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    A small neon sign at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

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    One of the most historic theaters in all of cinema. Many movies have their premiers here.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

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    A historic theater near UCLA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

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    A neon sign at Stratford Square in downtown Del Mar.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsMillion Dollar Cowboy Bar - Jackson, Wyoming

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    An iconic sign for an iconic bar in the center of Jackson.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose

    location: Wyoming

    date approved: 9/6/2020

    last visited: never

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    Travelling down Highway 97 this hot rod glows away in neon red.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop

    location: British Columbia, Canada

    date approved: 8/6/2020

    last visited: never

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    This neon can be found on Broadway in downtown Fargo.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member m&m O

    location: North Dakota

    date approved: 7/18/2020

    last visited: never

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    Breakfast sign at the Blue Star Cafe.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

    location: Michigan

    date approved: 3/21/2020

    last visited: never

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    Neon Car sign at Roosters Wing Shack.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

    location: Michigan

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: never

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    New Holland Brewing Pub in Holland.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

    location: Michigan

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: 3/1/2020

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    Artistic Neon LightsBuca di Beppo - The Original Farmer's Market - Los Angeles, CA

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    An Italian restaurant at The Original Farmer's Market has an artistic neon sign

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

    location: California

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsIndiana Café - Paris - France

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    Enseigne néon de plusieurs couleurs représentant une têt d'indien avec sa coiffe. Neon sign of several colors representing an Indian head with its cap.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine

    location: Île-de-France, France

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsThe Liars Club Tiki Bar - Manchester, UK

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    This artistic neon is advertising a a rum bar in the city of Manchester.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

    location: North West England, United Kingdom

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: never

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    This neon sign is located on Broadway in downtown Fargo.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member m&m O

    location: North Dakota

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: never

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    A beautiful animated neon sign advertises Sigel's Fine Wines & Great Spirits at 5757 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil

    location: Texas

    date approved: 12/27/2019

    last visited: never

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    Neon sign of the ice cream parlour t' Geveltje in the Suikerrui 20 in 2000 Antwerp.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

    location: Antwerpen, Belgium

    date approved: 10/27/2019

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    The Magee Grocery stood at the corner of 49th Avenue and West Boulevard since the 1930s. It is unknown when the neon sign was installed. When the grocery store was demolished to be replaced by condos the neon sign was saved.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop

    location: British Columbia, Canada

    date approved: 10/12/2019

    last visited: never

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    Neon greyhound on the front of the bus depot in downtown Dallas.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

    location: Texas

    date approved: 8/27/2019

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsPizzerizzo - Lake Buena Vista, FL

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    A pizza returns inside Disney's Hollywood Studios near Muppet Vision 3D.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: Florida

    date approved: 8/27/2019

    last visited: 8/27/2019

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    Neon horseshoe.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 7/7/2019

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    Blue boot and spur.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 7/7/2019

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    Neon boot.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 7/7/2019

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    Reg Pegasus neon.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 6/19/2019

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsCock O' the Walk - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

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    Reproduction of the original 1960s sign, made in 2011. Cock O' the Walk Bar & Grill 3705 N Western Ave Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 5/18/2019

    last visited: never

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