Six Word Saturday – Some Cold War era Neon signs

Six words in the title only, and I’m also linking to Cees Photo challenge this week – Signs.

During my recent visit to Warsaw, Vivi and I visited a quirky little museum in the middle of nowhere (it seemed) in the city. It was the brainchild of a British/Polish photographer, Ilona Karwinska, who visited Warsaw in 2005, saw some of the old signs and began a photographic project to document them which culminated in a best selling book.. She and her partner, the London based graphic designer David Hill, set about saving many of the signs from destruction and eventually they set up the neon museum.

The museum is housed in an old warehouse in a complex in the southern part of the Praga district, and there were a few aged, unrestored dilapidated old signs outside. Initially, it looked a rather uninviting place, but was well worth the visit! Inside was a most informative wall explaining the history of neon in Poland and elsewhere, and a lot of old dilapidated signs in amongst restored signs.

First, a slideshow of dilapidation:

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And here are some vibrant, restored signs, which are true works of graphic art:

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See other people’s take on signs here.



  1. Love these, Sue. Especially the old unrestored ones!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Great gallery, Sue. Love the militant mermaid. 🙂

  3. I want to visit the museum, but I don’t think I’ll attempt photos after this wonderful lot. Can I reblog this, and link to all your Praga et al posts please? (I’m actually asking this time: I apologise for previous liberties.)

  4. These are fabulous – and how clever of them to document them with excellent photography! Thanks for sharing

    • Sue

      Oh, there was a wonderful book that I wish I had bought….had to content myself with taking these images of the restored (and unrestored) signs in the museum…..

  5. Those signs are astonishing. Good fortune that some of them were saved.

  6. great, I love signs, too

  7. Great post, Sue! You have really delivered past and present to us.
    I must get to the museum some day…

  8. Fabulous post, Sue! You had me tap dancing around the house 🙂 🙂 (quietly, so as not to wake the other half, but tapping on carpets is fine 🙂 ) And so unlike your usual posts, with the use of galleries and even captions! Smiling 🙂 This must have been a Viveka find. Bootsie is my favourite.

  9. The Warsaw Mermaid rocks her new style! Love the PKP sign best of all, I want to reach out and touch it.

  10. Hi Sue, I so adore your signs. 😀 Wonderful.

  11. What an amazing place. Love these Sue!

  12. Great images ….. I have missed some angles I can see … it was a fantastic little place.

  13. Reblogged this on 12monthsinwarsaw and commented:
    I’m suddenly getting a lot of help representing Warsaw. Sue’s photos of the Neon Museum which I’d never even heard of, are stunning. I plan to visit the museum, but I don’t think I’ll attempt a post. I don’t need to.

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  15. Congratulations! I have chosen your post to be featured on Cee’s Fu Foto Challenge.
    I sure hope you have a great week!

  16. Brilliant! I love the dilapidated signs as much as the restored ones. That mermaid is an absolute star 🙂

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  18. Totally excellent shots!

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