Neon signs once dominated urban landscapes all across Canada from the 1940s to the 1990s. The neon glow dominated Ouellette Ave. businesses mainly as commercial advertisements. However, as the signs aged, they were replaced by other cheaper options. A Windsor company is trying to change that.
Tecumseh Signs is restoring iconic signs around Windsor
CBC News · Posted: Jan 07, 2023 8:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago
‘It is an art form’: Neon signs coming back to light up Windsor again
Neon signs once dominated urban landscapes all across Canada from the 1940s to the 1990s. The neon glow dominated Ouellette Avenue businesses, mainly as commercial advertisements.
However, as the signs aged, they were replaced by other cheaper options.
A neon sign that has been turned off. Neon signs were not popular in the 1990s as businesses looked for cheaper options, but Tecumseh Signs is trying to make neon signs popular again. (Mike Evans/CBC)
“LED hitting the market has crippled neon,” said Justin Franzoso of Tecumseh Signs.
However, the nostalgia over old neon signs is creating quite a buzz. Tecumseh Signs is trying to take advantage.
Luke Piskovic, Bob Whitehead and Justin Franzoso, left to right, are the team at Tecumseh Signs. They are restoring neon signs across Windsor, taking advantage of the nostalgia that neon signs provide. (Mike Evans/CBC)
The most well-known sign Tecumseh Signs has worked on is the Lazare’s Fur sign. The team reached out to the owner of the sign to repair it for free as a labor of love.
Going forward, the team has their sights set on other historic Windsor neon signs, such as the Shanfields-Meyers sign and the Arcata Pizzeria sign.
The Yorktown Square neon sign in South Windsor. Tecumseh Signs is restoring neon signs in Windsor to take advantage of the nostalgia the signs provide. (Mike Evans/CBC)A neon sign repaired by Tecumseh Signs. The Windsor company is hoping restoring neon signs will provide nostalgia. (Mike Evans/CBC) Corrections and clarifications|Submit a news tip|Report error