Halfton65

Buick Porcelain Sign 1951

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I recently picked up my first porcelain sign and am trying to find out what the orignal color of the neon lights would have been. The GM heritage center wasn't able to help on the matter and online sources are 50/50 between red and blue.

 

Overall it's 11' tall and 28" wide. It was a 2 sided sign and I've got 3 of the 4 pieces(you'll notice the "valve in head" portions are mirrored. Something I thought was cool is the date of 6-2-51 is actually written into the glazing-it looks like marker in the photos.

 

Does anyone know what color neon Buick used in the 1950s?

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I may be wrong, but I believe the Neon tubing was white, or perhaps the bluish version.

John

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I am with John, my immediate thought was white (although it has probably been nearly 50 years since I last saw one on one lit up). Doubt blue as it does not read well from distance. Nice find!

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Do a google search for images, I wouldn't know what is correct but it will look awesome in red,white or blue

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Do a google search for images, I wouldn't know what is correct but it will look awesome in red,white or blue

 

I've searched and searched. American Pickers found an identical one and claimed the original color was light blue (closer to white). Similar era Buick signs that I've found with original neon are the light blue. Personally, I think the red neon really pops but is almost obnoxious; the light blue also looks great and seems a little calmer.

 

The good news is the neon shop charges the same either way. Thanks for the input.

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