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Neon and Plasma

Development and Use of Neon

The history of Neon goes beyond the illumination of signs. In the early 20th century, scientists were beginning to utilize neon and other chemicals for medical purposes. In the 1930s, instructions for building and using neon cathodes and lamps were published. We begin to see a shift in perspective of neon from a medicinal tool to an icon of the advertising industry. The following handbooks and manuals provide a glimpse into the development and practice of neon technology in its earliest years. Additional resources highlight the change in aesthetics and display of neon throughout the 20th century and into the present day.

Early Days of Neon

Neon Through History

External Resources

Museum of Neon Art

The only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.

The Neon Museum Las Vegas

Dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment.