Neon signs and mobile homes have a lot in common. Both started in the early 1900s, both were once symbols of a fun era, both suffered from leaked trade secrets and patent issues, and both were ultimately branded as symbols of 39; shabby establishments.
With so much in common, it seems fitting that so many mobile home park signs use neon lights on the right days.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of mid-century items like neon signs from mobile homes. Neon signs are still popular with collectors who take care of restoring pieces like fans of vintage mobile homes are restoring their trailers. There is even a neon museum which restores signs.
In this article, we are looking at over 25 mobile home park signs. Some are neon, others are not, but they are great symbols in the history of mobile homes and mobile home parks.
Most of these parks are intended for vacationers drawing small campers. The signs draw attention and are fun or cute to represent a good time if the traveler chooses the park.
The history of neon signs
The neon was discovered in London in 1898 by William Ramsey and Mr. W. Travers. In 1902 George Claude applied an electric charge to sealed neon tubes to create a lamp, but he did not present his invention to the public until 1910. He patented his lamp in the United States in 1915.
Neon was expensive to create in its early days and it still sounds true today. Each sign must be done by hand one at a time. Neon shines bright orange red naturally when not mixed with other gases, which is why you see color so often in signs. To get blue neon, you need to mix it with mercury. For white, you add Co2. For gold, helium is added.
Bring Neon to the United States
It was not until 1923 that neon was used as an outdoor sign in the United States. George Claude's company sold two signs to a Packard car dealership in Los Angeles. The posters simply said "Packard". The cost was $ 24,000. (Source: Thoughtco.com)
Neon signs became extremely popular after the First World War. The lights were bright beacons of fun and hope.
From that moment, the neon was unstoppable. It was truly "the new", a symbol of industry, commerce and modern progress in a world still recovering from the trauma of the First World War and the effects of the Great Depression.
From 1923 to the late 1970s, neon signs were a staple for many traffic-dependent industries which, ironically, are now considered shabby. Casinos, restaurants, small motels, and even our beloved trailer parks that catered to short-term renters like vacationers and transient passengers used bold neon signs to signal tired towers. .
As mentioned earlier, the neon and mobile home industry has a lot in common.
Just like the the mobile home industry during the golden age of the 1930s-1950s, the inventor's business collapsed due to patent issues and leaked trade secrets.
Making the most of his new invention, Claude formed another company, Claude Neon, to sell franchises for neon signage. Despite the high price – $ 100,000 plus royalties – dozens of franchises have been opened around the world, particularly in major American cities. Neon was fast becoming a household name. Although the first neon signs were relatively simple – the range of colors and animation would come later – business owners competed to trace their signatures on buildings and roofs. Claude’s signaling monopoly lasted throughout the 1920s, eventually collapsing as his patents expired and his former employees disclosed his trade secrets.
Kings Row Trailer Park
Blue Skies Village
Villa Trailer Park
Flamingo Trailer Park
Good Luck trailer park
Cow Punks Trailer Villa
Arcade Trailer Park
Be Kitten Klean Trailer Court
Roll Inn Trailer Court
Californian Trailer Grove
Evergreen Trailer Park
The remaining mobile home signs didn't use neon, but they're still pretty cool.
Yreka Trailer Park
Cibola mobile home park
Shady Lane Trailer Park
Kozy Trailer Park
Pleasant Hill Trailer Park
Route 66 Park
Liberty Trading Post Sales
Unfortunately, in the 1990s, the neon signs that sweep tired travelers toward the welcoming park of mobile homes became symbols of shabby dysfunction. It is only in the last few years that they have experienced a resurgence in popularity.
We should appreciate these signs as part of the history of mobile homes. They take us back to a simpler time when you could play as Lucy and Desi in The Long, Long Trailer and pull your trailer behind you from park to park and see the beautiful world.
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