17 lit neon signs

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Duckpin Bowling
Canon PowerShot S95
Wagon Wheel Motel
Canon PowerShot S95
Sudden service
Pentax ME, 50mm f/2 SMC Pentax-M, Fujicolor 200
Moon-Lite Motel
Canon PowerShot S80
Old Style Inn, Logansport
Kodak EasyShare Z730
Palace Theater, Crossville, TN
Canon PowerShot S95
Mason's Root Beer
Canon PowerShot S80
US 50 in Brownstown
Canon PowerShot S80
Felke Florist
Canon PowerShot S80
Fountain Square at night
Canon PowerShot S80
The Saratoga
Minolta X-700, 50mm f/1.7 Minolta MD, Fujicolor 200
Hinkle Hamburgers
Canon PowerShot S95
Howard Johnson's
Canon PowerShot S95
Ford driving under the Chevrolet sign
Pentax ME,50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M, Kodak Tri-X
Oasis Diner
Canon PowerShot S95
Blue Chicago sign
Minolta Maxxum 5, 35-70mm f/4 Maxxum AF Zoom, Kodak T-Max P3200
Falls City Theatre Equipment Co.
Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL

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20 responses to “17 lit neon signs”

  1. J P Avatar

    There are few things that mesmerize me like an old working neon sign. I could stare at these for hours.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Me too. It’s why I photograph them.

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Nice selection! In my city, the insurance companies have been on a tear to “kill” signs that over-hang the sidewalk for years, starting back in the 80’s. If you keep your sign, they’ll charge you substantially more for business insurance. This resulted in the exit of a lot of those beautiful neon signs that over-hung the sidewalks, replaced by “meh” flat, fluorescent backed signs against the building façade. Lots of beauties here.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m sure falling signs are a risk they don’t want to take.

  3. brandib1977 Avatar

    Wonderful selection! Nothing makes me slam on the brakes quite like some good neon.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Just look in the rear-view mirror first!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Lol. I always know what’s happening behind me! After all, you can go around the block.

  4. Reinhold Graf Avatar

    Good old neon … nothing beats neon 👏🏻

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      More and more you see LED tubing rather than neon — it’s not the same.

      1. P Avatar
        P

        No, LED tubing is not the same at all. As Reinhold said, nothing beats neon, and it never will. It’s so sad to me how little of it is left these days. It’s as if nobody anymore cares about things that are aesthetically pleasing, or about preserving the historically important things vintage neon signs absolutely are.

  5. M.B. Henry Avatar

    :) Reminds me of old Route 66! Very cool pics

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      One of them is from Route 66!

  6. Dan Avatar

    That’s a great night photo of the Oasis Diner! The Palace Theatre too.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! I’m especially pleased with the one of the Palace.

      1. P Avatar
        P

        The Palace Theatre is my favorite. I’m not usually big on digital photography, no matter the subject, but the S95 is somewhat rare among digital cameras in that it actually produces very film-like images.

        If you ever get the chance, it would be awesome if you could reshoot all these signs someday on color film. Obviously, you’d have to pack a tripod and shutter release cable! ;)

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’m not sure I’ll ever be in Crossville, TN, again — but if I am, I’ll see what I can do!

  7. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    I love this series! These are great!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Khürt Williams Avatar

    Hi Jim. I love nighttime images of neons signs. I wish I had access to more of them. Unfortunately, in my area of New Jersey, it seems that everything old is bulldozed to make room for the new.

    The photograph of the oasis diner is my favourite for this set.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The Oasis sign is especially lovely. When this diner was restored some years ago the signage was recreated from vintage photographs.

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