Palms Motor Hotel, Portland, OR, 2012
I know! Super scale twin palms, optimistic fonts … and … a curly-tailed blue monkey reaching for the NO VACANCY sign — all rendered in a mesmerizing rainbow palette of neon. Are we dreaming ??? Have you seen a blue neon monkey lately? I certainly haven’t!
Seriously, this has to be theeeee greatest classic neon motel sign I’ve everrrr had the privilege standing beside.
Against all odds, this one-of-a-kind, rare roadside relic remains in glowing order right where it was planted in 1954. Miracle! Even if the “H” isn’t working. Oh well, we could have that fixed up in 24 hours!
No question this spectacular sign is an American cultural treasure to behold … and hold on to. People in the future have got to experience the glow and glory of this all-American extravaganza! They’re gonna be lovin’ that blue neon monkey!
Here’s to Palms Motor Hotel sign and YOU!
June 11, 2012