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Drake Hotel sign

Significance 

This is part of a larger sign that hung in the Drake Hotel parking lot at 606 Powell Street at Princess Street in the Strathcona. Neon flourished when automobiles took over Vancouver’s streets in the 1950s. Large, brightly lit signs were visible from fast-moving cars. Hotels and motels used neon to lure guests with signs that shined through the night.

Date Range 
1950s
Place of Manufacture 
Neon Products Ltd., Vancouver
Place of Use 
606 Powell Street
Dimensions 
256.5 cm high, 241.3 cm wide, 63.5 cm deep
Museum Location 
Storage
Catalog Number 
H996.22.41
Donor 
Museum purchase