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A Brief History of Neon Signs June 10, 2015

Glendale, Queens
A Brief History of Neon Signs, Queens, New York

With their vivid colors and a wide range of shapes, there’s something classic and timeless about neon signs. Whether as fine art or something more commercial, they will always be associated with mid-century Americana and its boundless optimism. As long-time veterans in the neon business, Artistic Neon Inc. by Gaspar & Son, founded in Ridgewood, Queens in 1971, have seen this glowing element wax and wane in popularity. What’s the story behind this substance? How did it come to captivate so many imaginations?

Generally speaking, the history of neon can be traced three major developments:

  • The Giessler Tube: In 1855, German physicist Heinrich Giessler figured out a way to craft tubes of glass that could contain gases and apply different levels of electrical charge to them; when these so-called Giessler tubes were placed under low pressure and introduced to a charge, they would glow.
  • The Neon Lamp: The existence of neon gas was discovered by two English scientists, William Ramsey and M. W. Travers, in 1898; however, French engineer Georges Claude was the first to make a lamp out of it. In 1902, he employed a Giessler tube and an electrical charge to create the world’s first neon light but did not display it publicly until 1910.
  • Neon in the World: Claude was able to turn his innovation into a business, and in 1923, he brought neon signs to the US when he sold two signs to a Packard car dealership in Los Angeles. It wasn't long after that neon became a fixture in outdoor advertising.

Interestingly enough, Gasper Ingui, the founder of Artistic Neon Inc., helped preserve the heritage of neon sign glass bending by teaching it at New York’s Experimental Glass Workshop throughout the 70's and 80's, when it was considered a fading art form. What he’s noticed, however, is that there’s been a renewed interest in it lately.

If you’re interested in custom neon signs for advertising or fine art, be sure to check out Artistic Neon Inc. by Gasper & Son’s shop in Ridgewood or online. If you have any questions or would like to talk about a project, call (718) 821-1550.  

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