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Neon sign for Ida's restaurant

Another one bites the dust

I’m about to declare a New England neon emergency. Last week I wrote about two endangered Massachusetts neon signs — the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus and Lord’s department store in Medfield.  Now another restaurant is closing and its neon sign is in danger of going dark forever. Local media outlets have reported that Ida’s, an […]

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Closeup of neon cactus

Don’t forget the cactus

After yesterday’s post about the Hilltop Steak House, I heard from the daughter of the man who designed the restaurant’s iconic neon sign.  Here’s what I learned about him. His name was Charles S. Magliozzi.  Born in Everett, he created his first sign at age 16 and went on to found Mack Advertising Inc.  His […]

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What will happen to the cows?

I spent the holiday weekend making a pilgrimage, of sorts, to a pair of endangered neon signs: Hilltop Steak House in Saugus and Lord’s in Medfield. I have fond memories of stopping at the Hilltop on the way home from weekends in Maine with a once-close friend. The attraction was not the food — I don’t […]

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Bottled Liquors sign

Bottled liquors and blinking arrows

It’s a Massachusetts thing. Liquor stores — especially older ones — advertise their wares as “bottled liquors.” The designation seems to be a step up from package stores (or “packies”), another local name. But both terms seem intended to distinguish these establishments from bars, where people actually drink their libations on the spot. Linguistic lesson […]

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