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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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    Large artistic Neon Sign, promoting Wet Willie's bar, located on Historic Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/9/2018

    last visited: 5/2/2018

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    Impressive Neon Sign on the Hard Rock Cafe. Located on Beale Street, in the historic district in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 7/12/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsMemphis Music Hall Of Fame - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    The Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum and exhibition introduces guests to some of the greatest musicians of all time – each responsible for shaping modern music and changing the world forever right here in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 5/2/2018

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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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    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.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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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.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Coyote Ugly Saloon - Artistic Neon - Alas only partially working, 50% of the Neon tubes are dark, but not broken, Located on Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/9/2018

    last visited: 11/12/2019

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    A large colourful Neon sign hangs in front of the Rum Boogie Café Located on Historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/9/2018

    last visited: 8/16/2011

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    Silky O'Sullivan's - Has a large artistic Neon, featuring a large Shamrock, Displayed on the corner of the building. Located on historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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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.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsJerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    The One & Only Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk - located on historic Beale Street, Home of Rock'n'Roll, & the Blues, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/9/2018

    last visited: 5/1/2018

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    Tater Red's Lucky Mojos and Voodoo Healing - Fronted by a large scarry Voodo Neon Sign. I am sure the eyes flash red, even in the photos? Located on Historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 7/12/2018

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    The Pig On Beale, restaurant displays a large Artistic Neon, featuring a Pig with attitude, above its front entrance. Located on Historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 7/12/2018

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    Beale Street - Home of the Blues - A large artistic Neon displayed above the front entrance of a Gift Shop located on America's most iconic street, Tennessee's top tourism attraction, & the Official Home of the Blues, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 1/31/2020

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    Blue's city Cafe - Has 2 Artistic Neon signs each featuring 3 large forks, that light up in turn for about 1 second each. Located on historic Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/9/2018

    last visited: 5/1/2018

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

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/18/2018

    last visited: 6/19/2018

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    Memphis Music - The largest Blues specialty store in the world!. One of the most photographed Artistic Neon's displayed along historic Beale Street - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/9/2018

    last visited: 7/12/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsBB Kings Blues Club - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    BB Kings Blues Club, Two large multi colour neon sign's - Bringing the blues and artistic neon signs to historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/9/2018

    last visited: 7/12/2018

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    Jerry Lawler's Hall of Fames & Restaurant - A giant neon sign topped by a Crown, glows brightly, in front of his Bar & Grille, on historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 5/24/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsMargaritas - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    Margaritas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. Downtown's newest Mexican restaurant, features a very colorful artistic Neon above the front entrance. Located 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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    Artistic Neon LightsMemphis Redbirds - Artistic Neons - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    The Memphis Redbirds are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League & the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds play their home games at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 5/2/2018

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    Artistic Neon LightsBlues City - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    Blues City General Store - Features a large double sided artistic Neon above its front entrance. The Gift shop is chock full of souvenirs and Memorabilia! - Located on historic Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/9/2018

    last visited: 5/1/2018

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    Strange Cargo - Artistic Neon - Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 6/9/2018

    last visited: 5/1/2018

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    A cool artistic neon sign of someone using a rubber stamp near the Sun Studios on Marshall Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 3/25/2015

    last visited: 3/8/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsFire Museum - Artistic Neon - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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    The Fire Museum is housed in the old Fire Station No. 1 opened in 1910 & closed its doors to the fire service on February 15, 1973. The building is now a Museum fronted by a 20 feet tall, unique Artistic Neon. Located in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 5/14/2018

    last visited: 5/24/2018

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