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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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Neon sign saying Miss Florence Diner

The ladies who lunch

I saw a lot of diners on my road trips for New England Neon. Now I’m no expert on these establishments, but I did learn a few things along the way. Diners are said to have originated in Providence, Rhode Island, in the 1800s when Walter Scott (not the Ivanhoe guy) began selling food to factory […]

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On a roll

I’m not a very good bowler. I roll  way more gutter balls than strikes. But, luckily, you don’t have to be a talented bowler to appreciate bowling alley signs. California seems to have the best ones — the just-closed Covina Bowl is a Googie classic — but the Northeast has some contenders.   First, a […]

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Help save the Al Mac’s Diner sign

The giant sign above Al Mac’s Diner has been taken down. But don’t worry — it’s just for a few months while the restaurant gets a new roof and the sign gets some long overdue repairs. But the fixes are expensive and the diner’s owners have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the estimated $45,000. […]

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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 showing neon sign for Lowell Sun and taxi sign in foreground

Breakfast all day

When I decided to expand my neon project across Massachusetts I knew I needed backup. So I recruited an old friend to team up with me on the road. (She’s Internet-shy, so I’ll just leave her name to your imagination.) She was a combination researcher, sounding board, motivator, sparkling conversationalist, and – yes – driver […]

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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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