Great video from Insider showing a professional restoration of a 1940s neon sign. There are few things that evoke nostalgia for early 20th century Americana quite as quickly and overwhelmingly as a neon sign.
The pieces he works on often go into private collections, never to be seen again. Howie walks us through the steps for restoring a $30,000 Hudson neon sign from the 1940s.
North American Signs posted a neat, brief history of the golden age of neon lights back in 2021 if you’re interested in learning more.
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