A Photo Essay Capturing O.C.’s Retro Neon Signs

From liquor stores to restaurants to neighborhood theaters, Orange County is abuzz in retro illuminated displays evoking a simpler time.
A Photo Essay Capturing O.C.’s Retro Neon Signs
Watson’s Soda Fountain and Cafe in Orange. Photograph by Emily J. Davis

“With the neon signs and original antiques, Watson’s tells a story and gives you the atmosphere that you’re sitting at a soda fountain at a ’50s malt shop. You get that old-school vibe with the bright reds and the aqua teals.”
—Jessica Morrow, assistant to the owner of Watson’s Soda Fountain and Cafe in Orange


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