Curtis Perry Gallery: Vintage Neon Signs

We’ve shared lots of Curtis Perry’s old car shots over the years. But going through his Flickr photostream makes it obvious that he photographs a whole lot more. He’s an inveterate traveler who stops to shoot all kinds of things, including vintage signs. These are a time travel to a time when national chains and their instantly recognizable logos weren’t nearly as predominant, and the majority of roadside businesses were mom and pop operations. And distinctive signage was a key part of reeling in the customers. These were mostly shot in smaller towns in Oregon and neighboring states, about a dozen years ago. Who knows how many are still up?