Our customer was looking for a Penn State Nittany Lions neon sign as a gift for both of her sons which are currently enrolled at Penn State. She wanted a neon sign that was made locally so she didn’t have to worry about the sign breaking during shipment and could be repaired if anything happened to them. We worked with her to create a three foot neon Nittany Lions logo pattern with an oval background instead of a normal square background or a wire frame like most signs are created. From there, we bent the neon to create two identical logos in White for the lion and cobalt blue for the oval. We decided on cobalt blue to match the actual logo as closely as possible. At first we had decided on 10mm glass, but after creating the pattern, we wanted to give the sign a more filled look since the sign was bigger. We ended up going with 12mm glass which had more luminescence and bigger tubes to showcase the logo design. After we bent the neon, we had to build the boxes. The boxes were made in black cintra to create the neon glow on the background, and to provide a background that doesnt fade or crack over time. Once the face of background was made, we needed to stiffen the background, so it didnt flex the neon during transport and hanging. We accomplished this by building a box behind the background. This box served a many purposes including stiffening the background, providing an area to internally mount the transformer, and providing an area to hide the wires from the front of the face. Once the background was built, we were able to build the signs. The customer centered the signs on the walls, and created cut outs to hide the transformer wiring and provide a clean, “floating” look to the signs.
Affordable Signs & Neon recently manufactured a retro neon sign for Rangers Surplus in Frederick, MD.
Harv “Capt. Happy” Kramer opened his first Ranger Surplus store in 1979 in Langley Park. The company once had nine stores over 35 years. That number is down to three stores today with the recent opening of a location at 5630 Buckeystown Pike, next to Beyond Comics.
MAIN PRODUCT OR SERVICE: The retail of army-navy surplus, survival, tactical, security, and outdoor gear. We can outfit you from head to toe, protect you, as well as feed you. We’ve had 35 years to hone our business model, and it seems to make sense in any economy. I started this business in 1979 after graduating from Temple University with a film degree, and finding no one that would give me a start, decided to leave filmmaking to the Spielbergs of the world, and start my own business. I have always been an avid outdoorsman, and had grown up shopping at surplus stores. I aimed to make my business better than any I had seen, so Ranger Surplus was founded. I believe I’ve succeeded in that task.
This Ballantine Beer neon sign was produced in 1968. Both pieces of tubing were broken. The clear red “Ballantine Beer” was repaired and the green “OOO”s and white borders were replaced. The original France 9020 transformer, stamped “Property of P. Ballantine & Sons Beer,” is back in commission. Of particular interest are the glass and spring-type tube supports.