"What's the future ever done for me?"
More than a little sad. What always strikes me is the poor state of signage today - backlit silkscreened plastic lightboxes versus really nice neon or unique, hand-painted work. Their disappearance probably happened around the time that doors all gave way to those awful standard aluminum units with the cheap grip bolted to the crossbar - an emblem of grimy standardization and the tactile ugliness of modern life.
Very well put. Vintage signage does have a particular charm to it and ages very well.Unlike vinyl signs which just curl up over time.