I recently had a chance to pick up an iconic Mexican Food neon sign from Mesa Arizona.
I’m always on the lookout for signs from the past. They tell a story that only 50 years of glow can tell.
Neon signs are hard to find and it’s becoming a lost art. When a neon sign breaks, it’s not uncommon to just toss it in the landfill and call some schmuck in a shiny red truck to replace your classic sign with a plastic back-lit can sign. Uggg!
But first… before I tell you about my rare find… let me give you a little history.
I have always been a sucker for vintage neon signs and clocks. It started back when I was about four years old.
My grandmother owned a motel called “The Rambler”. It was located in Provo, Utah and it was due west of the Utah Valley Hospital. (Big medical offices are there now.)
“The Rambler Motel” greeted guests with the typical 1960s sign. I remember helping pick out the letters that boasted of a warm swimming pool and really clean rooms.
So… you see, my fondness for signs came at an early age out of that experience.
Back to the Mexican Food neon sign.