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Vintage neon signs can be both nostalgic and valuable.

When the first neon advertising signs went up on Earle C. Anthony’s Packard dealership in Los Angeles in 1922, they caused traffic jams. Anthony had commissioned two identical signs with the Packard script in orange and a blue border from the Claude Neon factory in Paris. They cost $1,250 each, and passersby were so intrigued with the vibrant colors, they would stop and stare. Inventor Georges Claude received a patent in 1915 for his discovery that a glass Moore tube filled with neon gas and bombarded with electricity gives off a bright intense red, and when filled with argon, a grayish blue. He also found that coating the interior surface of the glass tube increased the range of colors. When Claude’s efforts to sell General Electric an exclusive license failed, he offered licenses or franchises at a cost of $100,000 throughout the United States.


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