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A closer look at some of the historic signs at The Neon Museum. 

我们最近生产了 video for Las Vegas Magazine’s “Vegas At 首页” series which focused on an often-unnoticed aspect of the artifacts at The Neon Museum: signatures on the signs.  

The video spotlighted signs from the Yucca Motel, the Boulevard Motel, 和 医生 & 艾迪的池大厅. The former two bear signatures likely left by sign painters who affixed their name or initials in a place that the public would not have seen. 医生 & 艾迪的是一个比较罕见的例子 原始艺术家 signing the statue that functioned like a sign. 

Let’s look at a few more examples of signs with unexplained signatures, including some that don’t typically receive much attention from visitors.  

孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆

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The 孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆 was located on the Las Vegas Strip where New York New York st和s today. The sign is possibly from the late 1950s or early 1960s 和 is another at the Museum that features the signature of the mysterious Sleez, believed to be a sign painter who worked for YESCO. It is currently in pieces in the 霓虹灯墓地, much of it hidden from view. 

Section of the sign with signature visible:

孤独的棕榈sleez sig

关闭 up of “Sleez 83” signature:  

孤掌牌,雪兹83 sig

标志上的“汽车旅馆”部分:

孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆

   Lone Palm汽车旅馆标志c.1988, Neon Museum Anita Rosenberg Collection 

Lone Palm汽车旅馆标志c.1988, Neon Museum Anita Rosenberg Collection

孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆 & 拖车公园

孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆 & 拖车公园, 丹尼斯·康诺利

 孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆 image by toon michiels tweeted by letterform archive

Letterform Archive gif made with photos by Toon Michiels, “American Neon Signs by Day 和 Night,” 1976 

克拉克县汽车配件 

汽车零部件

The Auto Parts sign with a piece of the 孤独的棕榈汽车旅馆 sign nearby. 

This humble sign that reads “Auto Parts” 和 “Since 1905” boasts a connection to some of the city of Las Vegas’ early entrepreneurs. Located at 505 South Main Street, the store known as 克拉克县汽车配件 was part of the 克拉克 County Mercantile Company, which was originally called the 埃德•W. 克拉克的货运公司. 历史学家 拉尔夫Roske 指出,创始人 埃德•W. 克拉克C.C. Ronnow 与Joe S合作. Ronnow in the 1920s 和 changed the name to 克拉克 County Wholesale Mercantile Co.公司. 

While the exact date of the sign is currently unknown, the building it sat on top of was apparently built in the 1940s. 正如罗斯克所报道的,“在1940年,F. Lorin Ronnow joined his brother Joe in the business 和 Ed 克拉克 和 C.C. Ronnow sold their interest in the company to Lorin Ronnow, Joe Ronnow, 和 Joe’s son Garl和. A new building was constructed at 505 South Main Street to house a new 汽车零部件 store 和 the newly acquired Goodyear Tire franchise.” 

“TJ July 74 DS” is visible on the “Parts” section of the sign in addition to the initials “J.W.” 

汽车零部件 TJ July 74 DS sig visible

汽车零部件

The Neon Museum acquired the sign in 2001 和 the building was torn down about a decade later. 这个网站 目前是空的. 

麦当劳 

mcdonalds signage in boulevard gallery

This McDonald's sign was originally located at 拉斯维加斯大道南3755号 in the Cable Center Shops near the Polo Towers 和 Hawaiian Marketplace. There is still a very similar looking sign up at 3999 Las Vegas Boulevard South.   

Based on the images of it in the 2002 UNLV/Neon Museum 标志的调查谷歌街景地图, the sign doesn't look to be much older than the late 1990s or early 2000s. However, an exact year has yet to be confirmed. The Neon Museum acquired it in 2015.   

The signature on this one is easy to miss. The initials “BM” appear on one of the arch pieces:

mcdonalds signage with initials BM visible

麦当劳招牌上的字母BM

拉斯维加斯大道南3755号

The location of the 麦当劳 sign today. 

高山村酒店 

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The 高山村酒店 sign as it appears in the 霓虹灯墓地 today. 

The sign from the 高山村酒店 restaurant includes two unexplained signatures as well. If you look closely at the top of the yellow “Unique Dining” section of the sign you’ll also see the initials “MWB.” “Greg” is somewhat easier to spot than the others 和 is also possibly from a sign painter/maintainer but again not much is currently known. 

高山村庄“MWB”的首字母缩写

The name “Greg” is visible above the “A” in this older photo of the sign:

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高山村酒店 was in business from 1950-1997. The sign at The Neon Museum is from the third location out of four 和 it was located at 4375 Las Vegas Boulevard South (the final location was 3003 Paradise Road). This spot for 德国 和 Swiss food is 至今仍记忆犹新, 和 people have kept their memories alive by posting recipes online.  

Perhaps The Neon Museum’s future oral history initiatives may reveal more about these mysterious markings. Do you happen to work in the sign industry or know anyone who could shed light on the identities of those who signed the signs? 让我们知道!

 

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