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LA Times Recounts “First Neon Sign” Research

Academic Dydia DeLyser’s research suggests the first U.S. neon sign existed in San Francisco



January’s issue will feature a letter from Dydia DeLyser, Ph.D., in response to Leon Dixon’s December article that asserts the first neon sign installed in the U.S. was erected at 7th and Flower Streets in Los Angeles, at a Packard dealership owned by Angeleno businessman Earle C. Anthony.  In contrast, DeLyser suggests the first neon sign appeared on Van Ness Blvd. in San Francisco at a Bay Area Packard showroom.

A December 3 Los Angeles Times article recounts DeLyser’s research. Click below for the full story:,0,367955.htmlstory#axzz2mRPARk6A

Editor’s Note: Leon Dixon — whose original article on this subject was published in the December 2013 issue (see pages 62-66) — contacted  Signs of the Times in December 2022 with numerous claims disputing Dydia DeLyser’s April 2014 article. For more information, email



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