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Monday, June 1, 2009


Old signs from the Las Vegas strip

Are put to rest in an odd sort of cemetery

Where the glittery excesses of the past are left to decay.

I love these photos by Chick Pea Studio of a Nevada neon sign graveyard. Beauty is fleeting even for Vegas marquees

UPDATE: Here's a link to a gorgeous shot taken by Maia at Une Envie de Sel. Thank you Maia! I want to organize a trip to visit this place!!


Blogger Kirti said...

What what a treasure!

June 1, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Laura Trevey said...

I SO love the Sassy sign!!!

June 1, 2009 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

I would love to see the Neon graveyard!

June 1, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger said...

That's so cool - I never even thought about where neon signs went when no one used them anymore.

I love the photos!

June 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

We have to find out exactly where it is and go! i want to take my polaroid camera!

June 1, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

what a wonderful place for a stroll and to think of all the stories the signs could tell.

June 1, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

I love this! I just moved to Vegas and have been meaning to go here and check it out.

June 1, 2009 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger erin said...

these are excellent! thanks so much for sharing!

June 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

...may they rest in peace! Sometimes I want to be a show girl with those fab ostrich feathersss...

June 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, where do all the neon lights go? Those are some vintage signs. Super photos.... I feel some inspiration for a poem... lol.

June 1, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

The place is called the "Neon Sign Boneyard." Tours available by appointment. lets go!

June 1, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

I have a love-hate relationship with neon signs. Sometimes they make me cringe, and sometimes they make me want to hang one in front of my kitchen (Dinners at Tina's {or Tinner's}) Very confusing. I loved the polaroids you took of Beverly Hills sign and I adore these. I want a t-shirt with that "Neon" sign! xoxo

June 1, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I want the sassy sign

June 1, 2009 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger TERI REES WANG said...

They are so much more poetic as the lay there in the hot sand of day, than they were in their hey day.

Seems to me, there was a gorgeous magazine layout at that location with Mila Jovavich ....not too long ago?

June 1, 2009 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Kind of sad, though, don't you think? All the hope gone into each one...

I wonder how many people each one attracted????

Gone are the days of yesterdays successes

June 1, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Mallory said...

the girl in the bottom one reminds me of snow white!

June 2, 2009 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Little Miss B said...

I love the idea of a neon sign graveyard, such faded decadence.

June 2, 2009 at 4:40 AM  
Blogger anna said...

Hi, just stumbled upon your blog. Fabulous!

Oh how I wish I lived in Nevada so I could fill my house with all the beautiful pieces. I just love letters!

June 2, 2009 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Viewtiful_Justin said...

ROAD TRIP! I love neon signs!

June 2, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger giulia said...

Bella, T. Beautiful decay the subject of so many poems, stories. As former archaeologist, I tend to see these sorts of things thru love/hate prism as well. I suspect many of us would like that sassy sign somewhere in abode or on our person--in some form.

xo svs/gg

June 2, 2009 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Uncle Beefy said...

I am NUTS about these! So vintage-over-the-top! Gorgeous relics they are. :)

June 2, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger An Carol said...

there are fantasy and magic place ...

June 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger THE PARIS HOUSE said...

I want that sassy sign so badly, I would put it in my kitchen for all to see, unless of course it is too massive!!

June 2, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

How fantastic!!

June 2, 2009 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Blonde and Red said...

In LOVE with these signs! I have a neon sign fetish!!! I wish I could have them hanging in my home!dol

June 3, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

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