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Photo of CITGO sign

Introducing Red Nickel Neon

Those of you who know me or have seen my photographs know that I’m a little bit obsessed with vintage neon signs. For the past few years I’ve been photographing them wherever I see them — mostly in and around Boston, but also in Chicago, California, New York City, Reno, and of course Las Vegas. […]

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Photo showing neon lights on a Havana street

Lighting up Havana

Cuban artist Kadir Lopez Nieves is on a mission to restore the neon signs that once lit up the Havana skyline, and he wants your help.  Havana Lights is a Kickstarter campaign from Adolfo V. Nodal to support Kadir’s work to relight his city one sign at a time. Kadir has established a working neon […]

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Photo of Twin Donuts sign in Allston

Doughnut dreams

Lately I’ve been obsessed with doughnuts. Well, not doughnuts exactly, but the sweet neon signs that invite customers inside to taste some sugary goodness. My current fave is Twin Donuts in Union Square. The shop has been a local Allston landmark since the early 1950s and was recently renovated. “The property is a gateway to […]

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photo of orange dino

Edge of extinction

I like dinosaurs. A lot. Years ago I went digging for Plateosaurus fossils in Switzerland and, upon my return, I hosted a dino-fest for my enthusiastic but bewildered friends. So imagine my disappointment when I learned that the Route 1 Miniature Golf and Batting Cages in Saugus was sold and the fate of its well-known […]

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Lewandos sign

Cleaning up

Okay, so maybe it’s an odd topic after a hiatus of more than a year, but I’ve been thinking about dry cleaning lately. Not in the how-can-i-get-this-stain out-of-my job-interview-outfit kind of way but in a wow-look-at-these-fabulous-signs way. You may not have noticed, but there are some great signs attached to dry cleaners in the Boston […]

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Sign of Steinway neon sign

Landmarks of light

It started pretty casually, probably when I made a refrigerator magnet from one of my photos of Kenmore Square’s Citgo sign. But something clicked, and I’ve been taking photos of Boston-area vintage commercial signs for the past few years. Now I’m pleased to say that 18 of my images are currently hanging at Athan’s Cafe […]

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Blanchard's neon sign at night

Fighting the good fight

Participating in Allston Open Studios this weekend has made me a little nostalgic.  Sharing my photos of some Allston-Brighton landmarks in their neon glory – Blanchard’s Liquors, Twin Donuts, and the Model Café – has transported me back to my early days in the Allston-Brighton community. I moved to Brighton after college and never left.  […]

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CIRCLE Cinema sign

Circling around

A few months ago I wrote about the Long Live Circle Cinema project devoted to the now-shuttered Circle Cinemas sitting on the Brighton-Brookline border.  You may remember that the project had two goals: (1) assemble an archive of recollections and memorabilia related to the theater and (2) find a new home for the CIRCLE sign.  […]

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