I have a certain attraction for signs when I’m on my travels. Painted signs are excellent, and neon are particularly fine, even if they aren’t working. There are lots of neon signs to view in museums, but I have a fondness for those left in place.
New Castle, Delaware
This town was originally settled in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant of the Dutch West India Company. In 1680 New Castle was transferred to William Penn.
Overlooking the Delaware River, New Castle has 5200 residents and is the oldest continuously occupied town in the Delaware Valley. The town itself is not a museum. The historic homes are privately owned and operated.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
There are many signs on this wall. It appears to have been a hotel a some point, but the most obvious is the Tom Moore Ten Cent Cigar. Underneath that is a Coca-Cola sign. At the very bottom is the words “Milwaukee Wis”.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Carriage House of Established 1886. Located at 115 N Tejon Street, Colorado Springs
St Augustine, FL
Somewhere in St Augustine, Florida, a cocktail lounge and package store, long forgotten.
This is just a small sampling of what I have. You can check my Pinterest account for more, under the topic “Signs in History”. Vancouver and San Francisco offered a plethora of neon signs, both restored and somewhat battered. From time to time I’ll be making more posts like this, if only for my enjoyment.