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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 LightsMickey's of Hollywood - Artistic Neon - WDW Orlando, Florida, USA

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    'Mickey's of Hollywood'- Artistic Neon sign glows brightly on the corner of a gift shop where you can Time-travel with Mickey from the 1920s to the 1940s and pick up Disney’s mouse mementos. Located in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/23/2017

    last visited: 1/17/2009

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    Artistic Neon LightsPluto's Toy Palace - Hollywood Studios - Disney World, FL

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    You'll find this unique neon sign at the Hollywood Studios theme park in Disney World.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Laval K-9

    location: Florida

    date approved: 2/6/2013

    last visited: 1/17/2009

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    An extravagant collection of coloured Neon's, decorate the entrance & roof line of the Hollywood & Vine Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/1/2015

    last visited: 12/8/2016

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    Artistic Neon LightsTune In Lounge - Artistic Neon - Orlando, Florida, USA.

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    Retro looking artistic Neon sign, with the moving arrow directing you into the Tune In Lounge. Located next to the Prime Time Café at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/1/2015

    last visited: 1/22/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsBeverley Sunset - Artistic Neon - Orlando, Florida, USA.

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    Sweet Spells - Beverly Sunset - A Candy Store, Gifts & Housewares; Disney Pins & Vinylmation. Designed to look like an art Deco Movie Theatre, with a Marquee & Neon Tower. Located at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/1/2015

    last visited: 8/15/2019

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    Artistic Neon LightsSound Studio - Artistic Neon - Orlando, Florida, USA.

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    A pair of stunning 'Sound Studio' Neon's glow brightly, above the ABC Sound Stage theatre, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 6/22/2017

    last visited: 12/1/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsThe Great Movie Ride - Artistic Neon - Orlando, Florida, USA.

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    Two identical Artistic Neon Signs glow brightly over the entrance's A third giant neon marquee can be found at the beginning of the tram ride, of the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Located in Orlando, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/1/2015

    last visited: 1/20/2009

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    Artistic Neon LightsBacklot Express - Artistic Neon - Echo Lake, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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    Backlot Express Restaurant - Features a large Neon Sign, with artistic merit - Displayed on a Water Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/23/2017

    last visited: 8/15/2019

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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: 8/27/2019

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    Artistic Neon LightsJellyrolls - Disney Boardwalk - Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.

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    Jellyrolls - Orlando - Night club, where piano players entertain the guests by playing song requests as well as having the guests become part of the show. Located at Disney Boardwalk - Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 5/4/2013

    last visited: 3/14/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsFlying Fish - Disney Boardwalk - Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.

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    Flying Fish Cafe - Neon Sign has 10 neon flying fish that light up in random sequence, the flying fish text is also neon. Located at Disney Boardwalk - Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 5/5/2013

    last visited: 8/15/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsMcDonalds Neon - Mcdonalds - Walt Disney World, Florida

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    This neon sign is on display at the McDonalds at W Buena Vista Drive in Walt Disney World, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever

    location: Florida

    date approved: 1/3/2009

    last visited: 8/17/2011

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    Artistic Neon LightsElectric Umbrella - Artistic Neon - Epcot, Florida, USA.

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    The Electric Umbrella restaurant features, an artistic Neon backdrop displaying the Electric Umbrella text, lightning flash & a multi colour star burst behind the Counter. Located in Epcot Theme Park, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/17/2015

    last visited: 8/17/2017

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    Artistic Neon LightsSum Of All Thrills - Artistic Neon - Epcot, Florida, USA.

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    An artistic, colour changing, tangle of Neon tubes, form 'The Sum of All Thrills' sign. The attraction lets park guests custom-design their own Roller Coaster ride. Located at Innoventions East Pavilion, Epcot, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/17/2015

    last visited: 12/22/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsDolphin - Artistic Neon - Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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    A gift shop in the Disney World, tourist area (US.192) has a Dolphin - Neon approx 6 feet tall displayed on its store front. Located in Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 5/18/2013

    last visited: 3/17/2020

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    Artistic Neon LightsNeon Arch - Pleasure Island - Downtown Disney - Florida

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    Pleasure Island Arch, artistically decorated with neon name sign, and coloured neon tubes on the support pillars. This stunning arch is the main entrance to Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney, Florida

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/22/2013

    last visited: 1/27/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsRescue the Rainforest - Artistic Neon - Disney Springs, Orlando, Florida.

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    Rescue the Rainforest - An Artistic Neon Globe held by an Atlas statue, standing in a fountain, located in the Rainforest Café at Disney Springs, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/2/2015

    last visited: 6/30/2019

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    Artistic Neon LightsChuy's - Artistic Neon - Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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    Chuy's Tex-Mex restaurant, recently opened on US-192, The restaurant Has large Chuy's logos, with arrows directing you to the entrance, the roof line is bordered In extravagant Neon scrolls. Giving you a stunning Neon Welcome. Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 5/10/2015

    last visited: 10/26/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsFlamingoes - Kissimmee. Florida. USA.

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    The Studio East gift shop, has two red neon Flamingos, each 2 feet tall, located on the prominent centre, arched portion of the building. The arch is highlighted with quad pink neon's, and the building is topped with blue neon. Located in Kissimmee.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/19/2013

    last visited: 1/6/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsColumbia - Artistic Neon - Celebration, Florida, USA.

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    Large Neon sign atop the 'Columbia Restaurant' The art décor sign, with red, yellow, blue & white, neon tubes. Located on the corner of Front Street and Sycamore Street, in Celebration, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 12/14/2013

    last visited: 9/17/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsTexas Roadhouse - Artistic Neon - Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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    Texas Roadhouse restaurant has several company Logo Neon's, the building, roof line is bordered with Neon. Located in Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 5/10/2015

    last visited: 3/17/2020

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    Artistic Neon LightsMachine Gun - Artistic Neon - Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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    Machine Gun America, a new adrenaline attraction in Orlando, rents you real guns. A giant sign features a machine gun which has its outline bordered by red Neon tubes. Located in Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 3/24/2015

    last visited: 2/18/2016

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    Artistic Neon LightsSling Shot - Old Town - Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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    Two 242 feet tall towers, artistically decorated with neon lights in Blue, Green, Yellow, & Red neon tubes. They are the support towers for a thrill ride called 'Sling Shot'. Located at Old Town, Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/20/2013

    last visited: 1/8/2012

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    Artistic Neon LightsTobacco Works - Old Town - Kissimmee, Florida. USA.

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    A two part neon, featuring a Cigar & Smokers Pipe, hanging in front of a store called Tobacco Works, located in Old Town, Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/23/2013

    last visited: 2/12/2016

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    Artistic Neon LightsPink Cup - Old Town - Kissimmee, Florida. USA.

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    A pink neon cup & saucer hanging above the entrance to the Old Town, Coffee Works, a small diner, located in Old Town, Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 11/19/2013

    last visited: 1/26/2015

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