US 50 in Brownstown

Brock’s Restaurant
Canon PowerShot S80
2010

As I put together this series I was struck by how many neon signs I photographed lit during the day. I’ve always figured places turned their signs on at dusk.

Brock’s is in Brownstown, a small southeastern Indiana town on US 50. I love to visit little towns like this in my travels and find gems like this sign in them.

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single frame: Brock’s Restaurant

The neon sign for Brock’s, a restaurant in Brownstown, IN.

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7 thoughts on “single frame: Brock’s Restaurant

  1. Once you have a nice collection of neon signs, will you edit it and publish in magazine form? Or as a Flickr album? The sun is usually too hot and strong in Korea for photography these days (but cloud tomorrow! can’t wait!), so I am repeatedly going through my photos from the past year to see if I can group them. Common subjects are bridges, transportation, traditional scenes in colour, traditional scenes in square black and white, and street details. I mean unusual things you find in alleys and so on, not closeups of asphalt. I’m going to edit the photos and add more and eventually make albums on Flickr and, when international mail service gets restored, make a magazine or two on Blurb. That’s the plan, but you know what happens to plans . . . .

    • What an appealing thought, to publish a book of my neon photos. The thought hadn’t occurred to me.

      I’ve ended up with lots of photos of several kinds of subjects, including bridges and neon signs. They all might make good photo books.

  2. Alas, very few restaurants in this part of New Jersey have these retro-neon signs. We still have a lot of Diners with chrome and neon but not as many as decades ago. But I think if I explored some of the more economically challenged towns further out New York City, I may find some.

    • I love the diners in New Jersey! You are fortunate to have so many. Diners aren’t as much a thing here in Indiana. I can think of one within an hour of my home.

      Outside Indianapolis and its suburbs, Indiana cities and towns are in decline. That wasn’t the case 30 or 40 years ago. Lots of places like Brock’s have closed as business has dried up or the owners wanted to retire but couldn’t find anyone to take over a business that was probably only providing subsistence income anyway. So when I find something like Brock’s, I photograph it. Who knows if it will be there the next time I stop by?

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