Tuesday, July 01, 2003
For Lee

This is the sign at Joe's Liquors on Poplar Avenue in Memphis. They got it restored sometime while we lived there. I think it was not too long after I moved there in 1994.

It's a classic Sputnik era neon sign. That looks like Sputnik. I don't think they run it in moving mode anymore: The ball is actually split in two, with each half rotating in opposite directions, while the entire ball turns about the axis of the pole its mounted on.

I figure lots of cities had at least one of something like this, but there's not too many of them still around in as good of shape.

Aside: I didn't get a picture of the Pop Tunes sign on Summer. It's another New Frontier classic.