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OSA founder Perley G. Nutting designed one of the first neon gas signs.


Neon Signs

OSA founder Perley G. Nutting’s research on electrical discharges through gasses led to one of the first neon gas signs ever made.

The sign had four glass tubes filled with neon and was displayed in 1904 at the Palace of Electricity during the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. (Photo:

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