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The Retro Power of Neon Clocks

Updated on January 17, 2010

Neon Clocks have that classic look!

Do you remember the classic neon clocks from the 1950’s? Personally I am a bit too young to remember the 1950’s, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that neon clocks are great!

How do they work? Neon Clocks are filled with neon, a gas. When electricity is passed through the gas, the electrons in the gas get excited and give off a bright glowing color. This color can be adjusted from red, to green, to blue, to anything else you can think of! What a gas! ( get it? )

You don’t often see these types of clocks anymore, but they used to be really popular. Many of today’s grandparents remember the atmosphere that these devices would create in the clubs and restaurants, and they would be happy to tell you about it if you asked. I am sure that many a boy and girl from the 1950’s has had their first kiss, or favorite milkshake, or favorite burger, while in a room with a neon clock.

“Well, this is all well and good, but what should I care about neon clocks?” you may ask. I’ll tell you. Have you ever wanted to get that retro look, but you felt like something was missing? You probably have. So what do you think was missing? I would bet you my Elvis records that it was a neon clock!

Imagine, you are at the hop, the jukebox is playing Elvis, you just bought a chocolate malt with a side order of fries, and you are checking out the cutie across the room. It is late night, and the lights are low, but one thing in particular stands out. There is a soft green glow in the room, and it really sets the atmosphere. Where is that heavenly glow coming from? Why, the neon clock on the wall of course!

If that doesn’t make you want to bring back those old days, when everything was simpler, I don’t know what will. Maybe you were the young guy or gal that I just described and would like to experience that atmosphere again. Maybe you are younger, and would like to travel to a time that came before you. Maybe you are a grandparent and you would like your grandchildren to have a neon clock so that you can relate to them better.

Whatever the case is, you can be sure that neon clocks are the way to go!


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