The History Of Memphis

Advance Rubber Stamps

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love for neon signs. Sadly, they are becoming more rare. They’re expensive to maintain and repair, and aren’t the most ecologically friendly option for signage.

Over the last year or two I’ve been seeking out all the neon signs I can find and taking photographs of them for my Instagram. I wish I could say it was part of some save the neon campaign, but it’s not. It’s just a passion I’ve found that I share with many other Instagrammers.

Over the Labor Day weekend I was in Memphis on business and found some time to take a few pictures. One of my favorites from the weekend was a picture of the neon sign that once advertised Advance Rubber Stamps. I caught the picture just before sunset, and using a couple of filters got a great shot.

Advance Rubber Stamps

Sadly from what I can tell, Advance Rubber Stamps went out of business a couple of years a ago so I wasn’t able to actually see the sign light up. Fortunately I have some VERY creative friends and we were able to get some sort of idea what the rubber stamp might have looked like a lit up….

Advance Rubber Stamp

My dear friend Randy from Silvertone World, one of the two men who taught me about computers back in the day put this together. It’s not the real thing, but it’s a great simulation!