SAVING Neon:
A Best Practices Guide

Release Date: November 15, 2018, Giant Orange Press
Authors: Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan

40 pages, full color

 

About this book...

Is there a neon sign in your neighborhood edging towards oblivion? This guidebook gives you the information you need to kick into conservation mode to “save the sign” using neon best practices. Includes resource links and organizations to contact for support. There is a growing national movement to protect neon neighborhood icons threatened by neglect, refacing, or removal.

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Saving Neon: A Best Practices Guide (softcover)
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Funding for the Neon Speaks Symposium  and this guidebook made possible by a
grant from San Francisco Heritage/Alice Ross Carey Fund,  and a matching grant 
from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

San Francisco Neon:
Survivors and Lost Icons

A lush portrait of San Francisco's historic neon landscape.
Authors: Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan (2014 Giant Orange Press)

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San Francscio Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons (hardcover)
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ABOUT THIS BOOK

 Cloth hardcover book with 200+ photographs

•  San Francisco/photography essay by local award-winning travel writer Tom Downs

•  Neon preservation essay by Eric Lynxwiler, neon sign art expert and board member of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA)

•  Endnotes section with local stories, oral history, and rich details on 45 iconic neon signs by photographers and essayists.

•  Index by neighborhood to give readers a sense of which neighborhoods still have clusters of neon, and which neighborhoods have lost all but one or two surviving signs

•  Neon condition to give readers indication which signs are illuminated nightly, which signs do not light up and need restoration, and which signs are lost icons

Neon Icons

Exhibition catalog for San Francisco Neon Survivors and Icons from the Archives
Authors: Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan (2015 Giant Orange Press)

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One copy per order, while supply lasts. Softcover, 40 pages
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ABOUT THIS BOOK

San Francisco Neon Survivors and  Icons from the Archives is the catalog of an exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch in 2015. The current day photographs and historic images in this exhibit exemplify the rich history of commercial neon signage that once graced the commercial corridors of San Francisco. The majority of the iconic images were culled from the photo archive in San Francisco Public Library’s San Francisco History Center, plus a few gems from personal collections and a neon-laden scene of Kearny Street that was provided courtesy of the SFMTA Photo Archive. We are fortunate that these photo archives exist. They are a curated and cataloged visual record of particular times and places. They preserve a historic perspective on the evolution of the City we call home.