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A Best Practices Guide

Release Date: November 15, 2018, Giant Orange Press
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.

Funding for the Neon Speaks Symposium 2018 and this guidebook made possible by a
San Francisco Heritage Alice Ross Carey grant and a matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

$20 Saving Neon: A Best Practices Guide (softcover)

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San Francisco Neon:
Survivors and Lost Icons

A lush portrait of San Francisco's historic neon landscape.
Authors: Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan (2014 Giant Orange Press)


 Cloth hardcover book with 200+ 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 45 iconic neon signs by photographers and essayists.

•  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 do not light up and need restoration, and which signs are lost icons

"Just when you thought you knew everything about San Francisco, along comes a new book, San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons. With beautiful photography, paging through is like strolling down the streets of a familiar city with a new vantage point. You’ll never look at San Francisco streets in quite the same way again. If just one of these neon survivors gets saved from demolition, this book is a huge success."
—Andrew Danish, author of Palm Springs Weekend (Chronicle Books)

$33  San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons (hardcover)

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