Friday, July 19, 2013

Preserving Colorado Springs' neon


Not so many years ago, Colorado Springs was a prime destination for a curious subcategory of visitors: neon connoisseurs. Quirky, exuberant and sculptural, mid-century neon signs brought life and color to our city's streets.
Colorado Avenue, in a different era. - PHOTOGRAPH BY MYRON WOOD, © PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-2895.
Historic photos and postcards give some inkling of just how brassy, flamboyant and charmingly vulgar our city's transportation arteries were during the "liquid fire" age. Now-vanished signs illuminated motels, car dealers, pawnshops and downtown movie theaters.


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