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Detail of a neon ice cream cone at Frosty Freeze

Super sundaes

Okay maybe it’s a stretch to use the Super Bowl as inspiration for a post about neon ice cream signs, but I have Patriots fever. So please indulge me. My research for New England Neon (forthcoming from Arcadia Publishing) introduced me to some sweet ice cream spots across the region.  Here are a few of their stories.   As […]

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Close up of Skee-Ball sign at Old Orchard Beach

From Burlington to Provincetown: Capturing New England Neon

I did it. Six road trips, countless day excursions, and thousands of miles by car, bus, train, ferry, and Uber. I finished documenting the best and the (not always) brightest neon signs across New England.  But I’m burying the lede: I’m writing a book to be called New England Neon for Arcadia Publishing. It will be […]

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Photo of Hilltop Steak House sign

A few of my favorite signs

People sometimes ask me about my favorite sign, neon or otherwise. It’s hard to pick just one, but here are a few of my favorites. Twin Donuts   Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood has lost some amazing signs over the years: a giant Coca-Cola sign, a neon Dunkin’ Donuts sign, and the Circle Cinema. Twin Donuts is […]

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Photo of Shell sign

Sign Spotting: Shell

Spectacular is not just an adjective. In the world of neon, the largest signs – especially those that combine neon and incandescent lights in a moving display – are also called “spectaculars.” One of the oldest surviving spectaculars in the Boston metro area is the Shell sign in Cambridge. Located along Memorial Drive (technically at […]

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Photo of Hilltop Steak House

Hilltop cactus will stay on Route 1

The cows may have scattered but the cactus will stay. That’s the word from the developer planning to build a mixed-use project on the site of the former Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, Massachusetts. “It really is an important marker for the site,” aid Michael Roberts, who is senior vice president of Boston development for […]

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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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