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OLD NEON
A collection of old neon signs
in Texas

Feature Old Neon Series

Old Neon, Dan Holzschuh
  • Texas Old Neon, Dan Holzschuh Collection 9-2-17
  • Series 1
    Barclay Gibson Collection:
  • Texas Theatre Old Neon Signs - Series 1 8-18-17
  • Texas Theatre Old Neon Signs - Series 2 12-8-17
  • Old neon series 1
  • Texas Old Neon Series I
  • Texas Old Neon Series 2
  • Austin Old Neon
  • Old neon series 2

    Texas Old Neon Signs

  • Abilene 8-18-17
  • Alamo Heights
  • Alpine - Granada
  • Anson - Palace Theatre
  • Austin Neon
  • Ballinger - Texas Theatre
  • Beaumont - Jefferson
  • Beaumont - Rosemont Hotel
  • Beeville
  • Benavides - Frigidaire
  • Big Spring - Alberto's Crystal Cafe 6-24-17
  • Breckenridge 5-9-17
  • Bremond - Cafe
  • Bridge City - Cleaners
  • Cafe
  • Campbellton - Cafe Beer
  • Cisco 7-29-17
  • Clear Springs
  • Cleburne - Liberty Hotel
  • Coolidge
  • Cooper
  • Corsicana - Roy's Cafe
  • Crockett - Arnold Cotton
  • Cuero - Jewelers
  • Dimmitt - Carlile Theatre
  • Eagle Pass - Aztec
  • Eagle Pass - Cafe
  • Edna - Edna Theatre 7-1-17
  • Edna - Grand Motel, Liquor
  • Follett - Motel
  • Fort Worth - Radio Station Marquee
  • Fort Worth - Firestone
  • Fort Worth - Red Goose Shoe Sign
  • Friona
  • Galveston - Purity Ice Cream
  • Grand Saline - Rexall Drugs
  • Greenville - Texan Theater
  • Harlingen - Tourista Courts
  • Hearne - Funeral Home
  • Hearne - Rexall Drugs
  • Houston - Arrow
  • Houston - Repair
  • Houston - Robbins
  • Houston - Icehouse
  • Houston - Yale
  • Jacksonville
  • Kilgore - Longhorn Drugs
  • Littlefield
  • Longview
  • Madisonville - Cars
  • Marlin 8-16-17
  • Matador - Bob's Oil Well Cafe
  • Mathis
  • McAllen - City of Palm
  • Mercedes - Hotel Air Conditioned
  • Muleshoe Hotel
  • Odessa - Ector Theatre
  • Palestine - Texas Theatre
  • Pecos - Shoes
  • Port Arthur
  • Port Lavaca Theatre
  • Putnam
  • Rio Grande Valley, Today
  • Rosenburg - Burger
  • Rule
  • San Antonio - Aztec Theatre
  • San Antonio - Bar America
  • San Antonio - Cactus Hotel
  • San Antonio - Earl Abel's Restaurant
  • San Antonio - Mexican Manhattan
  • San Benito - Odgees
  • San Benito - Robert E. Lee Hotel
  • Sierra Blanca
  • Sonora - West Texas Utilities
  • Stanton - Ford Tractor
  • Texarkana
  • Tyler - Jimmy's Cafe
  • Tyler - Old Fellows
  • Van Horn
  • Waco - Alico
  • Weimar Motel - Weimar
  • Wharton - Tee Pee
  • Wichita Falls
  • Winnie - Pharmacy

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  • OLD NEON
    by Seymour Saenz

    Cheap and tawdry, neon couldn't scream any louder unless it was blinking. And when it was, it was timed to the human pulse. The unworldly colors matched the covers of science fiction books in drugstore racks or the fingernail polish of teenage girls.

    The gas bubbled in juke boxes - resembling boiling anti-freeze or pink lava. It hissed over melting asphalt parking lots. The signs said Liquor - Eat - and Bar and Grill - (but 9 times out of 10 there was no grill).

    The signs that said Hotel were more disturbing than menacing. They blinked through windows of cheap rooms in film noir, providing colored insomnia for characters haunted by the past.

    Just once we'd like to see the hero (or anti-hero) ask for a room away from the sign.

    Even in Hitchcock's black and white Psycho the Bates Motel had a neon sign.

    While neon is currently enjoying a comeback, it's now as sterile and safe as a Disney movie. Convenience stores and gas stations with their scores of neon beer signs now resemble lighting showrooms.

    John Travolta under a Lone Star Beer sign isn't quite as threatening as Robert Mitchum under Blatz neon.

    Here's our collection of some faded temptations - just watch where you step if you happen to be barefoot.

    John Troesser
    "Miami Beach is where old neon goes to die." - Lenny Bruce

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     





     

     

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