Vintage neon signs

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Blackthorn, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    The Flat Top.[​IMG]

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  2. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Noir.[​IMG]

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  3. The place is for sale if someone wants a 9-unit motel on Lake Taneycomo (near Branson, MO).

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  4. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    What, with that blurry truck out front? No thanks.



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  5. dh66

    dh66

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    Neat Talladega, AL. The 3rd largest city in the state ... twice a year.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  6. Jefferson City, Missouri

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    I like their truck too.

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  7. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    I like the truck more than I like the signs. If they ever sold it to me I'd leave it exactly as-is with their name painted on the doors. :D
     
  8. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    Not a lot of neon, but it appears to be complete and operational. The Elgin clock does show the proper time. The jewelry store is still in business.
    Taken this afternoon in Fort Madison, Iowa.
     
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  9. dh66

    dh66

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    Pretty impressive that the clock still works!

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  10. Fading Fast

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    ⇧ Good point, I wonder if it's the original movement inside?
     
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  11. Ghostsoldier

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    Vegas and Carlo.[​IMG]

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  12. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    It WAS your father's.[​IMG]

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  13. North Little Rock, Arkansas. State’s oldest continually operating drug store.

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  14. dh66

    dh66

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    Rome, GA[​IMG]

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  15. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Noir.[​IMG]

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  16. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    ^ Brouillard noir.
     
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    This one's about faded into oblivion. Hard to even get a good pic on such a cloudy afternoon, it just blended in with the grey sky.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  18. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Then this is a case of the camera improving the situation, because I can read that sign quite clearly in your photo. Not the best representation of an elk that I've ever seen, but... :D
     
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  19. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Those aren't just Elks, they're the *I*BPOE. *Improved* Elks. That must've been an impressive sign when it was lit.
     
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  20. tonyb

    tonyb Vendor

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    Anyone here seen an LED “neon” sign — a large commercial one in an outdoor setting?

    Much as I love neon signage, it’s no great wonder that its heyday lasted only three or four decades, for reasons we have enumerated earlier in this thread. It’s just too finicky, and fragile, which renders it too costly and troublesome in comparison to other options.

    LEDs can mimic neon, though. I don’t know what challenges it presents, though. Does it hold up to the elements any better than neon? Is it cost prohibitive?
     

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