Posts tagged neon

Farther north on Broadway Street: San Antonio’s Pig Stand restaurant, one of only a handful left in the chain. (Some 130 restaurants opened in the 1920s-30s.) From the Web site: “In the initial years the Pig Stand pioneered several food items: Texas toast, deep-fried onion rings, and the country-fried steak sandwich. Not only was the Pig Stand the first restaurant to offer curb and drive-through service, it also was among the first to use fluorescent lighting, neon signs, and air conditioning.” The current owner of this location, Mary Ann Hill, started as a waitress here at age 18 in 1967. #backstory (Taken with Instagram at Pig Stand)

Farther north on Broadway Street: San Antonio’s Pig Stand restaurant, one of only a handful left in the chain. (Some 130 restaurants opened in the 1920s-30s.) From the Web site: “In the initial years the Pig Stand pioneered several food items: Texas toast, deep-fried onion rings, and the country-fried steak sandwich. Not only was the Pig Stand the first restaurant to offer curb and drive-through service, it also was among the first to use fluorescent lighting, neon signs, and air conditioning.” The current owner of this location, Mary Ann Hill, started as a waitress here at age 18 in 1967. #backstory (Taken with Instagram at Pig Stand)

projectneon:

The Dingman Collection
Preview June 8th, Auction June 9th & 10th 
Hampton, New Hampshire

You guys, I want to buy ALL THE SIGNS. Can someone give me the money and a warehouse to put them in? The first half of this video is Michael Dingman talking a bit about his collection of signs, which are largely transportation related, though they also include motels, gas stations, restaurants, etc. (In the second half he talks about his collection of antique cars.) An incredible, beautiful set of signs. There are over 1,400 for sale. I hope at least a couple end up in a museum or somewhere they can be seen.

Apparently earlier this year more of his signs were sold. So many signs.

PS: When I was looking for info about the sale, I came across this (unrelated) amazing neon-covered truck. Cool!

Neon Museum, Las Vegas

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Ever wonder what happens to all those neon signs that line the Las Vegas Strip when they’re taken down? They end up at the Neon Museum! The Neon Museum is a non-profit in Las Vegas dedicating to preserving Las Vegas’s iconic art form, and it’s a must-visit spot for great Instagram photos!

Photos by @logos728, @sv1, @40_in, @karaannbanana, @petitserif, @rockstarmomlv, @labeaufrand, @alphabetarm, @cshimala, @robgwilson, @toomuchfire, @apocryphanow, @mygulrealsun & @li150girl.

Great to see photos of several of my sign-loving Instagram buddies — Sharlynn (@ sv1), Tita (@labeaufrand), and Corey (@toomuchfire) — included here.

lettersfromhere:


The story behind two mysterious signs in the Smithsonian’s collection complicates the provenance of the invention.

(via OPEN: The History of Neon Signs - Hal Wallace - Technology - The Atlantic)

lettersfromhere:

The story behind two mysterious signs in the Smithsonian’s collection complicates the provenance of the invention.

(via OPEN: The History of Neon Signs - Hal Wallace - Technology - The Atlantic)

The vintage Cre Mel sign, next door to Theo’s Drive-In, in Grand Prairie, Texas.  (Taken with Instagram at Theo’s Drive In)

The vintage Cre Mel sign, next door to Theo’s Drive-In, in Grand Prairie, Texas. (Taken with Instagram at Theo’s Drive In)

I love this vintage sign. The building — the old drug store — was shuttered several years ago. If you look through the building’s front windows, you can see merchandise inside, scattered on shelves, countertops, and atop the soda fountain. Did the former occupant leave in a hurry, and never return? A mystery.
(Taken with Instagram at 2119 Washington Avenue, in Houston)

I love this vintage sign. The building — the old drug store — was shuttered several years ago. If you look through the building’s front windows, you can see merchandise inside, scattered on shelves, countertops, and atop the soda fountain. Did the former occupant leave in a hurry, and never return? A mystery.

(Taken with Instagram at 2119 Washington Avenue, in Houston)

Via 100bostonsigns:

Built in 1933, this 68-foot high piece of history is displayed on Magazine Street in Cambridge along the Charles River. Although the station is still pumping gas, the sign has been not been illuminated for over two years. So many of the bulbs burned out that it appeared to spell the word “HELL”, and offended residents petitioned for it to be shut off.

Today, in “Things I Love.”

Via 100bostonsigns:

Built in 1933, this 68-foot high piece of history is displayed on Magazine Street in Cambridge along the Charles River. Although the station is still pumping gas, the sign has been not been illuminated for over two years. So many of the bulbs burned out that it appeared to spell the word “HELL”, and offended residents petitioned for it to be shut off.

Today, in “Things I Love.”