Thursday, June 27, 2013

Vintage Neon Signs

I was driving around an older area of a city the other day and I happen to see some fun vintage neon signs.

Here are some fun facts about the history of neon signs. 
  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.

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, nightclub and restaurant signs became an integral part of the streamlined American landscape.


  1. I just found your blog, and I just wanted to say it's been a real joy to browse through! :)


    1. Hi Naomi - so glad you stopped by. I'm off to check out your blog :)

  2. These vintage signs are really wonderful and fun to see.Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Have you heard of Mitch Broder's Discovering Vintage New York? It used to be this blog that he turned into a book that shows NYC's classic haunts. I love looking at the pictures of neon-lined Times Square and often compare it to the sights of it today. If you enjoyed these signs, I highly recommend the book for you! - Ben @ Crown Neon Signs

    1. Hi Ben,
      Thanks for the info. Love the look of those vintage signs and I'll have to check out Mitch Broder's book.


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