Across from Starbucks, some old-school neon grit survives near Times Square. #neonsigns #neon #vintageneon #signgeeks

Across from Starbucks, some old-school neon grit survives near Times Square. #neonsigns #neon #vintageneon #signgeeks

The Thunderbird Lodge in Laramie, Wyoming is one of the great neon signs of the #lincolnhighway. It’s just a joy to behold.  #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #americana #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns  #neon #neonsign #neonporn #insta_america #laramie #igersusa

The Thunderbird Lodge in Laramie, Wyoming is one of the great neon signs of the #lincolnhighway. It’s just a joy to behold. #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #americana #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #neon #neonsign #neonporn #insta_america #laramie #igersusa

Sears Fine Food: I’ve always loved this San Francisco neon sign. I make it a point to at least walk by each time I’m in town. And the pancakes aren’t a bad way to fuel up for urban hiking through the city. #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #roadtrip #justmytype #fontastic #neon #neonsign #neonporn #caligrammers #california_igers #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igersf #sanfran

Sears Fine Food: I’ve always loved this San Francisco neon sign. I make it a point to at least walk by each time I’m in town. And the pancakes aren’t a bad way to fuel up for urban hiking through the city. #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #roadtrip #justmytype #fontastic #neon #neonsign #neonporn #caligrammers #california_igers #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igersf #sanfran

On Sunday’s #MadMen, we see a tantalizing reflection in a station wagon window of a vintage sign you can’t pull over for anymore: a glorious sign for the defunct Burger Chef fast-food chain. Later in the episode, we are taken inside the restaurant, but the sign is nowhere in sight. In previous seasons, Mad Men has brought vanished neon back to life, reviving a Howard Johnson’s sign. Google Retrologist and Howard Johnson to read my stories about that episode back in 2012. #burgerchef #signgeeks #neonsigns #americana #roadsideamerica #retrologist #neon

On Sunday’s #MadMen, we see a tantalizing reflection in a station wagon window of a vintage sign you can’t pull over for anymore: a glorious sign for the defunct Burger Chef fast-food chain. Later in the episode, we are taken inside the restaurant, but the sign is nowhere in sight. In previous seasons, Mad Men has brought vanished neon back to life, reviving a Howard Johnson’s sign. Google Retrologist and Howard Johnson to read my stories about that episode back in 2012. #burgerchef #signgeeks #neonsigns #americana #roadsideamerica #retrologist #neon

The Sycamore Inn, rich in California history and lore, stands along #route66 in Rancho Cucamonga. #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #roadsideamerica #americana #ipulledoverforthis #neon #neonsign

The Sycamore Inn, rich in California history and lore, stands along #route66 in Rancho Cucamonga. #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #roadsideamerica #americana #ipulledoverforthis #neon #neonsign

Every so often — quite often along Route 66 — you discover a sign that captivates you. That’s how I felt about the Oak Park Motel in Monrovia, California. It’s a winner on numerous levels: the neon lettering, the boomerang shape, the faded lettering for “apartments,” and the beloved “Color TV by RCA.” This sign would have looked great on RCA’s NBC network in the 1960s, its bold blue and palm tree shadow set against the magnificent San Gabriel Valley sky. #midcentury #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #roadsideamerica  #route66 #motherroad #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igsignage #ig_signage #california_igers #socal #igersla #igers_la #socalclassic #ipulledoverforthis #monrovia #jj_california #sangabrielvalley #boomerang #spaceage #1950s #neon #neonsigns #neonporn

Every so often — quite often along Route 66 — you discover a sign that captivates you. That’s how I felt about the Oak Park Motel in Monrovia, California. It’s a winner on numerous levels: the neon lettering, the boomerang shape, the faded lettering for “apartments,” and the beloved “Color TV by RCA.” This sign would have looked great on RCA’s NBC network in the 1960s, its bold blue and palm tree shadow set against the magnificent San Gabriel Valley sky. #midcentury #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #roadsideamerica #route66 #motherroad #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igsignage #ig_signage #california_igers #socal #igersla #igers_la #socalclassic #ipulledoverforthis #monrovia #jj_california #sangabrielvalley #boomerang #spaceage #1950s #neon #neonsigns #neonporn

This is Bob’s Big Boy Broiler in Downey, California, but for many years it was Johnie’s Broiler. The saga of the transition from Johnie’s to Bob’s is the stuff of preservationist legend, with heroes and villains. Suffice it to say we owe preservationists a big hand for what we see today. Behold the wonderful #neon signage, and the ever adorable “Fat Boy” from the Johnie’s days. Scroll down for photos from my visit to the Downey McDonald’s, sacred ground in Southern California fast-food culture.

This is Bob’s Big Boy Broiler in Downey, California, but for many years it was Johnie’s Broiler. The saga of the transition from Johnie’s to Bob’s is the stuff of preservationist legend, with heroes and villains. Suffice it to say we owe preservationists a big hand for what we see today. Behold the wonderful #neon signage, and the ever adorable “Fat Boy” from the Johnie’s days. Scroll down for photos from my visit to the Downey McDonald’s, sacred ground in Southern California fast-food culture.

The Golden Spur Restaurant in Glendora is a highlight of the #route66 drive through California. The neon sign is a picturesque beacon of the Mother Road. #neon #neonsign #neonporn #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica  #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igsignage #ig_signage #california_igers

The Golden Spur Restaurant in Glendora is a highlight of the #route66 drive through California. The neon sign is a picturesque beacon of the Mother Road. #neon #neonsign #neonporn #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igsignage #ig_signage #california_igers

Meet the Taco King, hanging out on #route66 with his trusty cactus pal. One of the nicer signs along this stretch of the #motherroad, in Azuza, California. #california_igers #socal #socalclassic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #neon #neonsign #neonporn #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis

Meet the Taco King, hanging out on #route66 with his trusty cactus pal. One of the nicer signs along this stretch of the #motherroad, in Azuza, California. #california_igers #socal #socalclassic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #neon #neonsign #neonporn #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis

Dublin House is the elder statesmen of New York neon signs. This Upper West Side bar’s hypnotic signage has been glowing, it’s believed, since 1933. Think about that for a second. Amazing. And the signage is in tip-top condition. Give it a click and see. Blink on! #neon #neonsign #neonporn #newyork #nyc #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #americana #roadsideamerica #ipulledoverforthis #typography #typevstime #justmytype #fontastic #oldsigns #vintagesigns #retrosigns #justsigns #igsignage #ig_signage