National Neon Signs Museum



The Dalles, Oregon
A warm glow of nostalgia illuminates the gallery inside National Neon Signs, which is a museum that showcases the history and craftsmanship of America’s neon storefront signage. This curated collection of iconic Americana includes familiar advertising icons like the racing dog of Greyhound buses and Elsie the Cow from Borden’s ice cream. But it also features many rare and quirky signs, from a five-foot margarita glass of glowing bubbles to an animated welder that once hung in a welding supply shop. Source

The museum’s founder, John Benko, is a neon enthusiast with an obsession that has led him to crisscross the country in search of historic signs to photograph and preserve. He is the author of a new book based on the project.

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While he doesn’t shy away from showcasing the signs with maximum wattage, his mission is not to overwhelm. He’s careful to incorporate historic documents and artifacts to provide context for each sign, so that visitors gain a deeper appreciation of the alchemy of electricity and gas that gives the iconic pieces their luminosity.

Since purchasing the business in 2007, Ryan and his father Brian Sander have built National Neon into one of Canada’s top choices for storefront signs, neon signs and LED digital signage. Their firm, Knight Signs, has a reputation for handling huge infrastructure and airport projects, but it’s the National Neon brand that’s gaining attention for its eye-catching signage.

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