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The glow of Nevada and neon is more than an advertising call. Since the invention of the neon sign, the flashing colors have documented the development of the Silver State. In Neon Nevada, Sheila Swan and Peter Laufer criss-cross Nevada to bring both the frivolity and the reality of Nevada neon to life.
Neon Nevada documents the splendid variety of neon that has been produced, maintained, and destroyed in one state where neon signs have enjoyed uninterrupted reign. The work of Sheila Swan and Peter Laufer is a welcome addition to a widely recognized but scarcely recorded history.

—from the Foreword by Lili Lakich, Founding Director, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles

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Laufer, Peter
Globe Pequot Press
Swan, Sheila
Swan Laufer, Sheila
Sheila Swan Laufer
United States - General
Art - General
Photography-Nature and Landscape
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color photos throughout
7 x 7 in

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Neon Nevada is at once a stirring ode to a fading tradition and a celebration of a unique modern art, one whose pages will bring back memories while, perhaps, also conjuring up dreams of the future.

"Synopsis" by , Ride along with Sheila Swan and Peter Laufer as they take you on their journey through Nevada

in search of historical neon signs.

"Synopsis" by ,
A glowing celebration of illuminated art in the world's neon capital


Something’s glowing out in the desert night, but it isn’t New Mexico, and these creatures aren’t visitors from another planet. There is a pig with wings—who may well be fleeing the Nevada barbecue establishment he advertises—and a creature who looks something like Elmer Fudd with a lightning bolt for a body. But that’s as close as we get to alien beings, unless you count the penguin in a ten-gallon hat and cowboy boots. These colorful images of cartoon cowboys, cowgirls, women bathing in martini glasses, and martinis sans women illuminate an aspect of Americana—the neon sign—that has been largely neglected.


Well, Neon Nevada brings all this and more truly alive. Focusing on Las Vegas—which has more than thirty million visitors annually—it is a compelling blend of full-color photographs throughout and fun, lively historical text.

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