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Old Posted Dec 14, 2010, 9:45 AM
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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post
Ethereal-- In this pic, you can see faintly how the sign was once merely painted with the name--apparently it was redrawn when the neon was added. Incredible place. Incredible that it survives. (I wonder for how long?) And incredible shots--speaking of shots, is that a bullet hole to the left of the "M"?
Actually I think what you have here is a neon sign reinvented...above the E, next to the M, and I think a couple on the right side and down by the 'y' have been "filled in" -- these holes are where the original tube housings were. Neon once ran along the original paint job; electrodes ran 90degrees out from the tubing into P-K housings that ran to the transformer. What they've done here is re-do the sign by booting GTO wire. Electric code doesn't actually allow this type of "twisted wire" connection on these signs, but I guess no-one is bothering them about it. I wince at these crap jobs, but nevertheless thank the heavens it's still there!
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