A Blast To The Past - A Brief History Of Signs from Signdealz

William (Bill) Hayes

Historical Sign design

The need for signs has been around as long as commerce. For hundreds of years, people have used signs to convey their message about everything from religion and law to products and services. Until recently, when you wanted a sign, you would commission a sign artist to hand-paint or carve your custom sign. Considered to be somewhat of a "dying art" (sadly), custom hand-painted signs are rarely seen today. You have a better chance of seeing a hand-painted sign in an art gallery than you do on the street.

Building Signs Have Come a Long Way - A Look Back

Modern technology paved the way for cheaper, more efficient production methods. The artistic value of signs was somewhat diminished, but the cost was cut in half. Few sign shops still offer hand-painted signs as a service, but if you're dead-set on it, you can find one. Be prepared to spend some big bucks though!

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Hand-painted and carved signs had their day. Signs started to incorporate light bulbs and spot lights. Eventually, the Neon tube was invented, and it wasn't long before the technology made it's way into signs. Neon Signs seemed to pop-up everywhere overnight.


Neon signs stuck around for a long time... and are still holding on, despite the advancement in LED technology and Digital Displays. Today we still use Neon in Open-Faced Channel Letters, Halo Letters, Interior Lighting, and other applications. LED Displays are taking the lead, though. It won't be long before Neon is lost to history...

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Signdealz.com will give you a great deal on LED Displays and Channel Letters. We work with a network of quality manufacturers that produce superior products. A great product, at a great price! That's what Signdealz does. Give us a call today!

Bill Hayes CEO Signdealz



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William (Bill) Hayes

William (Bill) Hayes, with over 20 years of experience, is deeply committed to assisting small and medium-sized businesses in developing effective B2B advertising strategies. His expertise primarily focuses on integrating on-premise signage solutions with traditional advertising methods. At Signdealz, Hayes leads the charge in innovating advertising tactics aimed at SMEs, concentrating on generating efficient, lead-producing mechanisms that outperform competitors in both immediacy and cost-effectiveness. He spends much of his time working directly with small business owners, guiding them in evaluating locations, advertising strategies, and the necessary systems to attract customers to physical sites. Utilizing a tested network of partners, Hayes plays a crucial role in facilitating the nationwide distribution of signage, underscoring his dedication to enhancing the visibility and growth of businesses across various sectors.

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