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Antique neon signs can be a nostalgic reminder of classic advertising campaigns from the early 20th century. Whether you collect old neon signs or just admire them, these signs have become a part of American history.
Starting a collection of old neon signs can be a rewarding adventure back in time. Keep in mind that most neon signs are not actually antique. The term antique is generally understood to mean something that is over 100 years old. Since most of these signs are not that old they would be more correctly known and being vintage.
There’s a very art deco look to some of the really old signage dating back to the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Vintage food and soda signs have a distinct 1950’s diner look. Also reminiscent of the 1950’s and 1960’s are the vintage neon roadhouse, restaurant and gas service station signs. You can also take a trip down memory lane with vintage beer neon signs.
Whether you collect antique neon signs according to a theme, brand, time period or a little of everything, you will want to make sure you have a good place to display them. You could use an entire wall or even an entire room. Just make sure you have enough outlets because the appeal of neon signs is their electric glow. You will probably need to invest in several multi-outlet power strips.
There are a couple of ways to collect old neon signs. You can search for authentic antiques which can be difficult to find and expensive, depending on their condition and age. You can also buy vintage reproduction neon signs or have a vintage sign custom made.