Love These Vintage Neon and Bulb Signs!


Mixed in among modern urban streetscapes, the look and feel of the rare classic neon and bulb-lit signs are distinctive. I spied these in Toronto and one in New Brunswick (the fabulous sign for Mel’s Tea Room!), which happily stand the test of time.










33 responses

  1. Great post…I know many of those signs well.

    Sadly, Honest Ed’s–the tackiest icon of Toronto’s history–is falling victim to urban development in the next couple of years. The property has been purchased by a condo developer…no word on the future of the signage.

  2. These signs are pretty eye-catching. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of them, but when I visited Ireland this year my friend took to this place called Eddie Rocket’s and it looked just like an American diner from the ’50s or ’60s, very vintage and it even had next to each table a jukebox πŸ˜€

    • Hi, Elizabeth. Sackville, like many small towns, has some good character and the University there probably contributes a lot. I see you have some lovely paintings on your site, which I look forward to exploring. I like to play with painting (I’m a so-called “Sunday painter,” at best) and I recently started working on a painting of the Mel’s sign, so I hope to pick up a pointer or two from your good work. Best, Brett

  3. Great signs! I always go to Fran’s at least once whenever I visit Toronto. Miss the old location at Yonge and St. Clair. If you’re ever in the Beaches, local landmark Goof’s (“Good Food”) still has their old neon sign on Queen W.

    • I forget what kind of shop that is, although its sign is striking (if you like that sort of thing!). A scavenger hunt through a large city like that would lead to some interesting discoveries. πŸ™‚

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  5. Such a cool collection of Canadian history!

    We also have many eye catching and unique neon signs in the UK, there is a collection I put together recently, let me know what you think!

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