Who made some of Vancouver’s old neon signs?

Vancouver was once a city with neon signs. Here’s a look at a company that made more than just the flashy signs.

When the company Neon Products is mentioned, the first image your mind can evoke is that of large flashy signs that, depending on your opinion, beautifully or flashy illuminated many storefronts in Vancouver’s commercial districts, predominantly from the late 1920s to 1960s.

When this February 1946 photograph was taken, Neon Products’ focus began to shift back to the neon sign industry after a slowdown in sign production caused by World War II. Years of subdued rules, lack of materials, and redirection of the company’s efforts to produce precision instrumentation, electronic devices, and mechanical equipment all contributed to this pause.

The Engineering Division of Neon Products began transferring production plans to household items in late 1944, pending the end of the war. In the summer of 1945, it made radios and electric irons for civilian use. One of the reasons you do not necessarily connect Neon Products to electric irons is probably that the Engineering Division was sold around the time this picture was taken.

Interested in finding more stock footage of Vancouver? Search the City of Vancouver Archives’ online database. For more information about the Archive, its possessions, and how to research, visit the Archive’s website.

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