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The NK Clock

  One of Sweden’s oldest (initial) neon signs is without a doubt the NK Clock in Stockholm’s Stureplan district. Constructed in 1939 for the NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) department store, the NK clock has become a permanent fixture of Stockholm’s cityscape since then. It was built by Ingenjörsfirman Technology ASEA with the participation of Ruben Morne, a …

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The Stomatol Toothpaste Sign

  The oldest illuminated sign in Sweden – and probably one of the oldest illuminated signs in the world period – is Stockholm’s Stomatol toothpaste sign. Created and erected in 1909, the sign has undergone numerous renovations, switch-offs, and moves over the years, but it has withstood the test of time and has dazzled Stockholmers …

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The Gevaert Camera Sign

  From the 1940s until 1964, the Gevaert Camera sign adorned the facade of the Bångska Palace in Stockholm, Sweden’s Stureplan district. This sign was one of Stockholm’s most famous and most enduring during its neon heyday in the mid-20th century. Like many of Stockholm’s other famous neon signs, it was designed by Swedish lighting …

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The Marabou Chocolates Sign

After the famous Gevaert Camera sign was torn down in Stockholm, Sweden’s Stureplan district in 1964, a very flashy sign advertising the Marabou chocolate brand took its place the following year. This sign would remain in the same spot over the Bångska building for another four and a half years or so until it too …

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Draken Cinema Sign

  One of the most iconic signs in Stockholm’s Stureplan (the Swedish equivalent of New York City’s Times Square) has been the giant green fire-breathing neon dragon that adorned the rooftop of the Draken (“Dragon” in Swedish) Cinema throughout the 20th century. Designed by 20th century Swedish street artist Ragnar Person (1905-1993) and constructed by …

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Neon Signs of Sweden

Neon signs have been a part of Sweden – and the capital city of Stockholm in particular – for nearly a century now. From the famous red NK department store sign to the Lipton tea sign that adorned Stockholm’s Stureplan from the 1950s-1970s, many of Sweden’s neon signs have become iconic in their own right, …

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