San Francisco Neon

creating neon culture/community

SAVING Neon:
A Best Practices Guide

Giant Orange Press 2018
Authors: Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan

Soft cover, 40 pages, full color

 

Has a neon sign in your neighborhood fallen into darkness? 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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San Francisco Neon:
Survivors and Lost Icons

By Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan (Giant Orange Press, 2014) Cloth hardcover third printing with 220+color photographs.  Includes extended neon notes section and updated neighborhood index with sign condition for all surviving signs. The fabulous Verdi Club is on the cover,
one of the best neon signs in San Francisco.

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

• Photographs by Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan. Plates include 10 photographs of lost iconic signs from the 1970s, and 200+ current color 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 30+ legacy neon signs

• 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 need restoration, and which signs have been removed

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Neon Icons

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

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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.

All photos © 2014 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan

All content © 2018 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan