What To Know About Antique, Vintage And Collectible Neon Signs

Neon signs are a colorful eye catching part of this world’s advertising history. Something not commonly known is neon signs were introduced in early 1912. The first signs were made for barbershops. Extremely old examples of neon can hold very high values in the roughest. Although brightly colored neons are generally favored, the earlier designs of ruby red and uranium green are extremely rare. In fact, they are some of the world’s most valuable sign as their is no way to reproduce them. Neon signs operate on the principle that tubes filled with neon gasses will glow when a high voltage is applied. Though highly popular in the 1920s and 1930s for their eye catching abilities, they were expensive and fragile.

In the 1940’s and ’50s, custom neon signs became more common and were available to smaller businesses such as bars, restaurants, and casinos. Modern mass-produced neon signs that were made in mass for large corporations can also be somewhat collectible. It should be noted that while these are fragile, repair is very possible at many sign shops and smaller neon vendors.



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