On this day 1/19/1915
Georges Claude patents the neon tube
New Mexico has some of the neatest neon signs in the world, particularly those in Gallup and Albuquerque. Sometimes it seems there's a cool or just plain strange neon sign waiting to be discovered around every bend in the road. My personal favorite in Albuquerque is the wrench sign for Rupert's Plumbing on Lomas Blvd. Alibi readers however, voted the Scott's Dog Grooming sign as best neon sign in ten Best of Burque polls in a row.
On this day in 1915, Frenchman Georges Claude patented his "neon tube" in the U.S. Check out the "Neon Report" for a large collection of New Mexico examples, pictured both in their heyday and in their "fazed cookie" stage.