June 11, 2017

Neon Sign at Dusk

Café Monica Kitano, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Sony NEX-5 + Zoneplate
カフェ・モニカ北野(京都市上京区御前通今出川下る)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In the signage industry, neon signs are electric signs lighted by long luminous gas-discharge tubes that contain rarefied neon or other gases. They are the most common use for neon lighting, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December 1910 by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show. While they are used worldwide, neon signs were extremely popular in the United States from about 1920–1960. The installations in Times Square, many originally designed by Douglas Leigh, were famed, and there were nearly 2000 small shops producing neon signs by 1940. In addition to signage, neon lighting is now used frequently by artists and architects, and (in a modified form) in plasma display panels and televisions. The signage industry has declined in the past several decades, and cities are now concerned with preserving and restoring their antique neon signs. (Read more...)

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