Library Book, 1995

ARTICLES

Beyond the list below, dozens of other media pieces have been produced. We are not trying to sound la-de-dah, but honestly, we no longer try to keep up. A few relatively recent articles are:

  • Philadelphia Inquirer: Neon: It's a gas in Philadelphia

  • Hidden City Philadelphia: Neon, Or Not?

  • Philadelphia Daily News: Neon man's crusade

  • Philadelphia Inquirer: He's gripped by the light fantastic
  • Benson, Neil, "Neon," Philadelphia Magazine, April 1984, p. 147.

  • Bernard, Tom, "'50s Revisited," Interior Design, October 1986, cover and pp. 266-269.

  • Brown, Jack, "Artisan Restores Glowing City Heritage," Philadelphia Inquirer, pp. B1, B6.

  • Capuzzo, Teresa, "Diner's Special: Trolley Car Diner," Philadelphia Magazine, November 2000, p. 185.

  • Clark, Joe, "His Hobby's a Gas," Philadelphia Daily News, December 22, 1995, p. 8.

  • Darr, Jenn, "Light Reading," Philadelphia City Paper, September16-23, 1999.

  • Deforest, Ann, "Neon Doctor: All of Philadelphia is Leonard Davidson's Museum," Lighting Dimensions, November 1989, p. 42.

  • DeForest, Ann, "The Neon Sights of Philadelphia," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 8, 1989, pp. 1F, 4F.

  • Devanney, Diane and Joseph, "Neon Signs: The Colorful Collectible," New York-Pennsylvania Collector, February 2002, pp. 19A-20A.

  • Devanney, Joseph, "Born under a neon sign," Suburban Publications, May 31, 2001, p. 6.

  • Devanney, Joseph, "Collecting Old Neon," Sign Builder, Dec. 2000, pp. 84-90.

  • Devanney, Joseph, "A Happy Ending for a Movie Marquee," Sign Builder, April, 2003, p. 18

  • Dickinson, Regan, "It's Occupational Sociology," Sign Business, November, 1994, pp. 68-74.

  • Dormont, Linda, "Historic Neon Reevaluated in Book and Museum," Art Matters, November 1999, pp. 6-7.

  • Engel, Margaret, "Philadelphia: An Adventure in Good Taste," Washington Post, May 15, 1983, Travel Section, pp. 1-2.

  • Green, Shaes, "The Man Who Neonized South Street," South Street Star, December 8, 1983, cover and 3 pps.

  • Groer, Annie, "Let There be Neon," Washington Post, January 13, 2000, p. 5.

  • Izenour, Steven, "Freon Love: If It's Vintage and Neon, He'll Restore It. Collect It. Write about It." Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, February 6, 2000, p. 31.

  • Izenour, Steven, "Neon, Neon, Neon," Philadelphia Architect, December 1999-January 2000, p. 4.

  • Long, Karen, "The Light of His Life," Tampa Tribune, February 25, 2000, pp. 1-2.

  • Love, Suzanne, "Adoption Service: Neon Sign Maker Finds 'Homes' for Classic Signs," South Street Star, Sept. 20, 1986.

  • Nichols, Rick, "Market's Neon Flashback," Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 17, 2006, M1, 6.

  • O'Dwyer, Jessica, "When Neon Signs Were Art," Americana, June, 1989, pp. 50-55.

  • Sater, Denise, "Len Davidson's Mission to Save and Share Neon Signs Bears Colorful Fruit," Antiques and Auction News, January, 28, 2000, pp. 1-2.

  • Stage, William, "Simple Simon Saved by Sign Man," Signs of the Times, October 1988, pp. 74-78.

  • Van Allen, Peter, "All Lit Up," Philadelphia Business Journal, July 22-29, 2005, cover and p. 11.

  • Vitez, Michael, "The Resurrection of a Neon Icon," Philadelphia Inquirer, June 27, 1994, pp. B1, B3.

  • Vitez, Michael, "Waiting for a Sign," Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, January 28, 1996, p. 2.

  • West, Judith, "Neon Man," Seven Arts, December 1994, cover + pp. 20-23.

    ART EXHIBITS

  • Avanti Gallery, "Neon Visions," 1988
  • Bucks County Community College, "Neon—It's a Gas," 1987
  • Community College of Philadelphia, "Philadelphia Illuminated," 1986
  • Crafts for Living Gallery, "Reform," 2005
  • Folk and Outsider Art Gallery show, Pottstown 2009
  • Gallery 38, "25 by 25," 2006
  • Moore College of Art, "Collecting," 1995
  • Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal D, 2001
  • Sedgwick Cultural Center (curator), 2004
  • Venturi, Scott-Brown Architects, 2001

    Numerous other exhibits at:

  • Art A La Carte, 1987 to 1995
  • Philadelphia Dumpster Diver Shows, 1993 to present

    TOURS & PRESENTATIONS

    Conducted bus and walking tours, and/or neon presentations/classes for:

  • Eastman Kodak Museum
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • New School, NYC
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  • Philadelphia College of Art
  • Philadelphia Foundation for Architecture
  • Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation
  • Society for Commercial Archeology
  • University of Pa architecture classes
  • Washington Art Deco Society,
  • Wildwood New Jersey Doo Wop Preservation League

    As well as:

  • Art Shows
  • Numerous architectural and design firms
  • Numerous civic groups
  • Sign conventions

  • Many more…


    TV FEATURES: Davidson has been featured on numerous TV News Magazines including Evening Magazine, The Bulletin, Visions, etc.
    CONTRIBUTOR TO: Numerous books, periodicals, calendars, National Park Service Preservation Briefs, etc. on neon


    LINKS

  • Aldor Electronic Services

  • American Jewish Museum

  • American Sign Museum

  • Elite Lamp Technologies

  • L.A. Museum of Neon Art

  • Neon John

  • Philadelphia Center for Architecture

  • Philadelphia Daily News

  • Philadelphia Dumpster Divers

  • Pennsylvania Historical Society

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts

  • RembrandtŐs Restaurant

  • Venturi, Scott-Brown Architects


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