The Zeon Files sheds neon light

May 6, 2016 - Carolyn Gonzales

Neon signs lit up the night on Route 66 and beyond. University of New Mexico’s Mark Childs and Ellen Babcock flipped the neon switch once more through their new book The Zeon Files. Childs, professor of architecture and associate dean of research in the School of Architecture and Planning; and Ellen Babcock, associate professor of art and art history, in the College of Fine Arts, revealed the art and craft of neon sign making at Zeon Signs, a long time Albuquerque company. Zeon Signs was founded as Electric Products of New Mexico in 1939, but during World War II, they shut down only to reopen again in 1946. Childs and Babcock drew from the company’s history and productivity from the mid-1950s to the 1970s.

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