Monday, July 18, 2011
Hartford's Best Neon Sign
Neon is a tough thing. Part tacky and part crass commercialism, neon signs conjure images of gambling and strip bars. Yet with the passage of time old neon signs have reached an age where they are nostalgic if not downright relics from an earlier era.
This neon sign is outside a package store on New Park Ave and in our opinion is damn near a museum quality piece. Everything about this sign just screams a different era, the size, the neon letters, the arrow pointing in, the bubbling martini glass. When do you think was the last time someone went into this package store to get the ingredients for a nice martini? This sign is just straight awesome.
The package store is nothing special. It is small and has a limited selection. Yet like the "Enjoy Sprite" sign outside the Trinity restaurant, the Billy's Package Store sign is a brilliant relic from a bygone era and should be celebrated by the Hartford community. We don't know of anything else in town even remotely like it.