17 lit neon signs

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 thoughts on “17 lit neon signs

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    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.

      • P says:

        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.

      • P says:

        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! ;)

  2. 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.

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