The Writing on the Wall

1 August
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finished mural 2
Long ago, in a town called Denver, seven sign painters gathered to share their knowledge of their craft.  Exchanging well-kept trade secrets was indeed a new concept, and they welcomed this new-found opportunity to share ideas with people of like mind and the fellowship it brought.  It was a dark time though, with no internet or social media or even email.  Still, word of their goings-on spread across the land with the help of people like American Sign Museum founder...

Bruce ‘Wild Man’ Suba – Master of Glass, Heart of Gold

28 July
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Bruce and Crackle Tubes
by Museum Founder, Tod Swormstedt Bruce Suba, Suba Neon of Scotts Valley, CA has been a good friend of the museum from the very beginning.  In fact his connection to founder Tod Swormstedt dates back to a 1984 cover story in Signs of the Times which featured Suba’s neon spark plug wires on a 1932 Ford hot rod. Bruce’s first experience with glass was in 1979 doing stained glass, and his day job may be scientific glassblowing, but he’s equally...

She’s Heere…

27 July
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Dodge lettering design
In late 2012, the Quiel family of Quiel Signs in San Bernadino, California offered to donate their vintage crane truck to the museum, much to the delight of OUR family.  The fact that it was in California created some logistical issues, but we’re happy to say it has now arrived, neatly shrink-wrapped, missing only a big red bow. Bruce Suba, our Left Coast go-to guy, coordinated the shipping and shrink-wrapping of the 1944 Dodge crane truck.  He not only researched car carrier shippers...

Summer Means Free Admision for Military Service Members and Their Families

29 May
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Blue Star Museum
We are proud to again participate in the Blue Star Museum Program, offering free admission to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. According the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), “Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their...

Paul and Carol Louys – Carrying on the Tradition

20 April
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Paul and Carol Louys at their 50th high school reunion in 2008. Photo  courtesy http://www.ladue58reunion.org
Paul and Carol Louys have visited the museum several times over the last couple years, and each time they have brought with them information and items related to the family business, Standard Neon Supply—a St. Louis sign supply distributorship founded in 1944 near the end of the war. The Louys family name stretches back to the earliest days of neon when Paul’s father, Roger, and partner, Gordon Shaw, opened Acme Neon Accessory in Detroit in 1934.  Paul joined Standard after...