The nice thing about buying an old, neglected building is that if you are lucky, hidden treasures come with it. In the case of 7400 Pershing we had double good luck! A long time ago, somehow, someway, someone managed to put two identical neon signs in the attic. How they got them through the small attic opening is lost to history.
Except for needing new transformers and a bit of cleaning, these delicate, typographic marvels were in pristine shape. KLI’s Jill found Mark at Antique Architectural Decor to do the restoration work. In a couple of weeks we got them back and they look great! Mark was thrilled to get to work on these signs and was able to tell us a bit about the manufacturer. They were made by Kern Sign Co., which is no longer in business, but he tells us that they were an extremely good neon maker during the 1930’s through the 1950’s. Apparently our signs are at least 60 years old and judging from the gorgeous script lettering, that makes sense! What we don’t know is what Pershing Square was or means…to date, this remains a mystery. With a bit more luck, perhaps a visitor or passerby will show up one day and fill us in. The signs each measure four feet by two and a half feet and turn on via a pull chain. Now all we need to do is repair the one that we broke within in a few hours of having them back (seriously, that happened!) and find a place to hang them in the new building!
Have a great weekend! We’ll write more soon….