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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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    Artistic Neon LightsThe Cherokee Trader - Artistic Neon - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA.

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    As you drive through downtown Cherokee you are attracted to the Cherokee Trader gift shop, by a large double sided, artistic Neon sign. Located in Cherokee, North Carolina.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: North Carolina

    date approved: 4/22/2015

    last visited: 4/22/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsCountry Tonite - Artistic Neon - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA.

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    Country Tonite - Artistic Neon - This large Neon shines brightly above the entrance to the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Tennessee

    date approved: 4/22/2015

    last visited: 4/22/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsTinkerbell Motel Neon - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA.

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    An artistic sign outside the Pink Motel features a Tinkerbelle Neon, a real piece of Americana. Located in Cherokee, North Carolina.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: North Carolina

    date approved: 4/21/2015

    last visited: 4/22/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsGranny's Closet - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

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    Granny's Closet Restaurant & Sports Bar, features an artistic Neon with a detailed Neon Mop & Pail, with Granny's Closet logo, on a blue lattice grid background. Located alongside Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Arizona

    date approved: 4/16/2015

    last visited: 4/19/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsRomo's - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

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    Romo's Café - Is topped with an artistic Neon Mexican hat on the Romo's logo, also the upper front of the building is bordered in pink Neon. Romo's serves Mexican & American food. Located in Holbrook, Arizona.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Arizona

    date approved: 4/16/2015

    last visited: 4/19/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsArtistic Neon Guitar - Route 66 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

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    An enormous Guitar as big as a truck, is enhanced with Neon tube strings, with the silhouette outline of the Guitar bordered in Neon. On display alongside Route 66, at the entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 4/7/2015

    last visited: 4/7/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsWestward Ho Motel - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

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    This vintage 40's Route 66 motel has a Neon sign featuring a Saguaro Cactus & the hotel name in text 'Westward Ho Motel' Located on Central Ave, better known as Historic Route 66, Alburquerque, New Mexico.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: New Mexico

    date approved: 3/30/2015

    last visited: 4/3/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsNew York Pizza - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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    New York Pizza Dept - An impressive graphic Neon sign featuring the Statue of Liberty, New York skyline silhouette & Neon text. Located alongside the old Route 66 alignment from 1935 to 1985, in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: New Mexico

    date approved: 3/30/2015

    last visited: 4/3/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsTePee Curios - Artistic Neon - Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA.

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    Tee Pee Curios on Route 66 - The front entrance is a Concrete Tee-Pee, it even looks great at night, with a stunning artistic Neon, which all adds to the magical quirkiness of the Mother Road. Tee Pee Curios is located in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: New Mexico

    date approved: 3/28/2015

    last visited: 4/3/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsMother Road Route 66 - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA

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    A new attraction on Route 66, called 'Mother Road Old Time Photos' Features a stunning Route 66 Neon shield in the window of its store, alongside the Mother Road in, Tucumcari, New Mexico.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: New Mexico

    date approved: 3/28/2015

    last visited: 4/3/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsThe Wash Lady - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA.

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    A 10 feet tall Neon featuring 'The Wash Lady' The larger than life lady, washes day & night, atop the Boulevard Cleaners and Laundromat, alongside the Mother Road, in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: New Mexico

    date approved: 3/28/2015

    last visited: 4/3/2014

    Image for Amarillo National Bank - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Amarillo, Texas, USAview gallery
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    Artistic Neon LightsAmarillo National Bank - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Amarillo, Texas, USA

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    This Neon looks for all the world like a theater marquee, believe it or not it's a Neon sign for the Amarillo National Bank. The sign stands alongside Sixth Avenue, better known as Historic Route 66 as it passes through downtown Amarillo, Texas.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Texas

    date approved: 3/27/2015

    last visited: 4/3/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsWalker Radiator Works -- Memphis TN

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    This sign was so cool That Blasterz wished that we had a radiator problem so that we could trade here.

    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 LightsAdvance Rubber Stamps -- Memphis TN

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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 LightsTower Theatre - Artistic Neon - Route 66 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.

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    The Neon lights of the historic Tower Theatre should now glow brightly alongside the Mother Road, The Tower Neon's were refurbished in 2010 by Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program after decades in the dark. Located on Route 66, Oklahoma City.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 3/24/2015

    last visited: 3/26/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsMachine Gun - Artistic Neon - Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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    Machine Gun America, a new adrenaline attraction in Orlando, rents you real guns. A giant sign features a machine gun which has its outline bordered by red Neon tubes. Located in Kissimmee, Florida.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Florida

    date approved: 3/24/2015

    last visited: 4/10/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsGiant Ice Cream Cone - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Weatherford, Oklahoma, USA

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    A giant Neon Braum's Ice Cream cone, over 10 feet tall, stands raised on a pole 30 feet of the ground, alongside the Mother Road in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 3/24/2015

    last visited: 3/26/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsStovall Theatre - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Sayre. Oklahoma, USA.

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    The Stovall Theatre has a Marquee sign with the Stovall name in text & a unique Neon Cowboy on a bucking Bronco at the top of the sign. opened in 1950, alongside an old alignment of the Mother Road which passes through downtown Sayre, Oklahoma.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 3/18/2015

    last visited: 3/20/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsConoco Tower - Artistic Neon - Route 66, Shamrock, Texas, USA

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    The stunning art deco Conoco Tower building and U-Drop Inn, restored to their former glory, discrete Neon tubes border the entire building, making it one of the most imposing buildings along the entire Mother Road. Located in Shamrock, Texas.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 3/18/2015

    last visited: 3/20/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsSoft Serve Neon - Route 66, Commerce, Oklahoma, USA

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    This Neon covered, dolls house style former Gas Station, is now a Dairy King, selling Burgers, soft served Ice Cream, & is the one & only Route 66 shaped Cookie seller alongside the Mother Road, or the World. Located in Commerce, Oklahoma.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 3/13/2015

    last visited: 3/13/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsRoute 66 Theatre - Artistic Neon - Webb City, Missouri, USA

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    Route 66 Theater, features a great Route 66 Neon, verticals, & 2 Neon logo's. The 66 theatre is a re-purposed Hotel that became a Movie theatre in 1945, the heyday of the Mother Road, that passes through the Heart of Webb City, Missouri.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Missouri

    date approved: 3/11/2015

    last visited: 3/12/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsRoute 66 Gift's - Artistic Neon - Williams, Arizona, USA.

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    The Route 66 Gift Shop celebrates the Mother Road and features all sorts of US66 memorabilia from the heyday of the 50/60s. The Gift Store has stunning Neon Signs, located alongside Route 66, in Williams, Arizona.

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    location: Arizona

    date approved: 3/9/2015

    last visited: 3/20/2015

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    Artistic Neon LightsCopper Cart - Neon - Seligman, Arizona, USA

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    The Copper Cart neon sign is a 30s era representation of the Copper Ore Cart, typical of the carts used in the local Arizona copper mines. The former Copper Cart Restaurant and Neon Sign, Located alongside Route 66, in Seligman, Arizona.

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    location: Arizona

    date approved: 3/9/2015

    last visited: 3/9/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsRoute 66 Motel - Artistic Neon - Kingman, Arizona, USA.

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    Route 66 Motel has a classic 50,s Artistic Neon, The iconic Neon still glowing brightly beckons travellers passing on the Mother Road through Kingman, Arizona.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Arizona

    date approved: 3/4/2015

    last visited: 3/4/2014

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    Artistic Neon LightsHill Top Motel - Artistic Neon - Kingman, Arizona, USA

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    The Hill Top Motel features a classic mid 50's Neon sign & an uninterrupted landscape view of the Hualapai Mountains. The iconic Neon beckons travellers passing on the Mother Road through Kingman, Arizona.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: Arizona

    date approved: 3/4/2015

    last visited: 3/4/2014

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