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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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    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

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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: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsH3 Horseshoe - Stockyards District - Fort Worth, TX

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    Neon horseshoe.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 7/7/2019

    last visited: never

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    Blue boot and spur.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 7/7/2019

    last visited: never

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    Neon boot.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

    location: Texas

    date approved: 7/7/2019

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsRed Pegasus Neon - Haltom City, TX

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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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    Neon sign from the australian Restaurant "Corroboree" with a kangaroo in the Sony Center in Berlin.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

    location: Berlin, Germany

    date approved: 4/10/2019

    last visited: 5/17/2019

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    Artistic Neon LightsMonterey Motel - Chouteau, Oklahoma

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    A glittering neon star tops the sign for the Monterey Motel in Chouteau, Oklahoma.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 4/10/2019

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsBilly Burger - Wilbur, WA

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    On the east end of town, Billy Burger is about the first establishment one will encountering the town from that direction. It has been serving up great burgers since about 1955.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

    location: Washington

    date approved: 2/2/2019

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsHidalgo's - Edmond, OK

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    An artistic display at a Mexican restaurant

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 12/25/2018

    last visited: 12/31/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsCiseau du salon de coiffure. Epannes. France

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    Ciseau du salon de coiffure

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lulu_et_compagnie

    location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

    date approved: 12/16/2018

    last visited: 12/16/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsHard Rock Cafe Guitar - Manchester, UK

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    This neon lit guitar advertises the internal entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe in the Printworks.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

    location: North West England, United Kingdom

    date approved: 12/16/2018

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsCafé "Le Reveil Matin" - Boulogne-sur-mer, France

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    [EN] Neon sign of coffee shop "Le Reveil Matin" in Boulogne-sur-mer. [FR] Enseigne au néon du café "Le Reveil Matin" à Boulogne-sur-mer.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin

    location: Hauts-de-France, France

    date approved: 12/16/2018

    last visited: 12/1/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsCurrylust - Osnabrück, NI, Germany

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    A neon light for CurryLust depicting a sausage and a "devilish" "T"

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bush-Rescue

    location: Niedersachsen, Germany

    date approved: 12/16/2018

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsHome of Flexlume Neon - Buffalo, New York, USA

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    The ULTIMATE neon sign for the global headquarters of this local long-time sign manufacturer/fabricator.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member AnthemRose

    location: New York

    date approved: 11/12/2018

    last visited: never

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    Artistic Neon LightsMargaritaville - Resorts International - Atlantic City, NJ

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    Very impressive neon over the entrance façade of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant in Resorts International.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jiggs11

    location: New Jersey

    date approved: 8/6/2018

    last visited: 8/30/2018

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    Artistic Neon - Featuring three huge Neon Fish. In the Bait & Tackle area, located indoors within the Bas Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 5/1/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsLadies Apparel - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    Ladies Apparel - A larger than life, Artistic Neon, featuring a lady with moving legs. located indoors within the Bas Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 5/1/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsTin Roof Nightclub - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    The Tin Roof Nightclub - A live Music Joint - Features a large Neon wound, artistic sign. Located on one of America's most iconic streets: Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsMiss Polly's Cafe - Artistic Neon - Memphis , Tennessee, USA.

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    Miss Polly's Soul City Café - Features a large Artistic Neon, with the text "Love, Peace and Chicken Grease," Located on historic Beale Street, Memphis , Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsClub Handy - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    Club Handy - Artistic Neon - Recently installed, glows brightly above A hole in the wall Bar selling drinks to go, I Handy Park, on historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsBeale Street Bar - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    Hole In The Wall Bar - Drinks to go - Selling the largest alcoholic drink on historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsPeoples Biliards - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    Peoples Billiards - Features an Artistic Neon above the front entrance to the oldest billiards, pool hall, and sports Bar on historic Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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