Since Fall 2016 the Neon Museum staff has been scanning and cataloging signs, photographs, postcards, casino ephemera, and other items as part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant funded project to digitize the Neon Museum collection. This will allow the Neon Museum to create a database and eventually provide public access to the museum’s collection online. This blog chronicles our efforts and highlights some of the most interesting discoveries uncovered along the way.
New backlit signs from Bally Technologies
November 21, 2017
The Neon Museum recently received a donation of two neon backlit signs from Bally Technologies.
Interacting with the Neon Museum
November 6, 2017
Museum education collections are used to provide visitors with opportunities to handle museum objects. The goal is to offer hands-on opportunities to get close and personal with items in the Neon Museum's collection.
October 30, 2017
The Collections department recently received a small assortment of matchbooks from a museum guest who visited Las Vegas in 1965.
Riviera 50th Anniversary
October 12, 2017
When the Riviera closed in 2015, the Neon Museum obtained a small collection of DVDs from the property, which included old video promotions and photographs of events.
Behind the Scenes Spectaculars
September 29, 2017
We recently revisited a collection that came to us during the summer of 2015.
September 7, 2017
Back in 2011 and 2015, a donor took photographs of the closings of both the Sahara.
Signs with Multiple Lives
August 23, 2017
As the Collections department continued with organizing and cataloging the collection, another photo stood out.
August 3, 2017
After finally processing and returning the Federal Heath collection, we moved on to scanning a collection donated to us by sign designer Charles Barnard.
Greetings from America
July 26, 2017
This is one of the most wonderful photos from the Federal Heath collection. It shows two very important people in the Las Vegas sign design world: Betty Willis and Brian “Buzz” Leming.
What is that round/sphere sign?
June 23, 2017
Visitors to our North Gallery often ask “what is that round/sphere sign?” Some guests even refer to it as “the golf ball.” It is not a golf ball, but rather a portion of a Denny’s restaurant sign. We have both the Denny’s logo and the sphere in the North Gallery. The Denny’s logo is set behind a Binion’s Horseshoe sign in the North Gallery, whereas the sphere is more visible.
June 17, 2017
These pictures from a Sign Systems Inc. (now known as Federal Heath) installation show a beautiful view of the Las Vegas Valley and the steady nerves of the people who regularly maintained and installed the signs. We’re digging the 80s hair, too! These pictures were taken on the top of the Hilton in 1982.
May 23, 2017
We have seen a lot while going through the Federal Heath photos, but this one of the Aladdin sign (installed in 1976) is by far is one of our favorites.
SSI employee welding
April 26, 2017
Two very fun things about this photo: it shows a Sign Systems Inc. employee welding what is to be part of the Excalibur pylon sign sometime in Spring/Summer 1990.
Hiding in the background
March 3, 2017
Federal Heath photos often have lots of little things going on in them. Here, on the left, we can see little bits of the Flamingo and Bally’s. Also in this photo, to the right, one can see a tiny portion of the Caesars Palace sign, which is now in our collection (the top part of it is in the Neon Boneyard and the rest are in the North Gallery). We even have some of the columns and pillars.
Behind the scenes
February 14, 2017
In this photo of the shop from Sign Systems Incorporated (now known as Federal Heath) we get to see what happens behind the scenes when these signs are being created.