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Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles, 1925-1965
by Tom Zimmerman with J. Eric Lynxwiler

When surveying lighting from the mid-1920s, it would seem a drawback that most of the photos are in black and white. However, the moody, mysterious images in this book glow and burn with elegance and style—along with a healthy dose of nostalgia. The shift from incandescent to neon and the role of neon in LA’s urban, commercial, and creative realms is duly explored. Zimmerman (from whose collection most of the images spring) and Lynxwiler have created an exquisite volume of lyrical signage of all types. Font geeks (such as myself) will swoon.

Angel City Press, 2016, 192 pages, softcover, $35.

 

 

 

 
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