Signs of the past are present-day art
Date: 1/13/2012 Album ID: 1394998
Photos by Emily Rasinski and J.B. Forbes of the Post-Dispatch
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Avid sign collectors Greg Rhomberg and Bill Christman have amassed an impressive collection of local signs. They have teamed up to create "Art of the Sign," an exhibit of signs from collections across the country.
A 1920s moving diorama sign for the city of Waltham Ma. is one that businessman Greg Rhomberg hopes to feature in an upcoming gallery show. Rhomberg has a warehouse of over 200 old St. Louis signs and memorabilia. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
Emily Rasinski,  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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A neon Hodge's Chile and Lunch Room sign is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse. Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A flashing Pevely Drugs and Select Icecream sign is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
Emily Rasinski,  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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A neon Jesus Saves sign from a St. Louis church is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A neon sign from the Golden Gate Church of the Nazarene in Benton Park is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A neon Buster Brown Shoes sign is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A neon Meletio's Hot Fish sign is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A neon Poll Parrot Shoes sign is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A neon Falstaff sign is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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A neon sign from Lee Optical in Wellston is one of the 200 signs businessman Greg Rhomberg has in his warehouse.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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Two neon signs from St. Louis diners are part of businessman Greg Rhomberg's sign collection.  Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
Photo by Emily Rasinski,  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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This display was used by salesmen to show the available neon colors. Businessman Greg Rhomberg has a warehouse of over 200 old St. Louis signs and memorabilia. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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This side show banner is part of businessman Greg Rhomberg's collection of over 200 old St. Louis signs and memorabilia. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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Bill Christman painted this sign for the Animal Protective Association Canine Carnival and Dog Walk. Businessman Greg Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis.. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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Businessman Greg Rhomberg has a warehouse of over 200 old St. Louis signs and memorabilia. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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This parking sign used to point customers to Federhofer's bakery in Afton. Businessman Greg Rhomberg has a warehouse of over 200 old St. Louis signs and memorabilia. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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Businessman Greg Rhomberg and artist Bill Christman hope to one day open a sign museum in St. Louis. A mock-up of what they hope to build hangs on a wall in Rhomberg's warehouse. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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Businessman Greg Rhomberg has a warehouse of over 200 old St. Louis signs and memorabilia. Photos taken Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. 
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1/8/12    Sunday,,, University City---
Bill Christman adjusts the lights on some of his vintage signs Sunday at his gallery space and workshop in University City. Christman said that he doesn't like to have his photo made, but he didn't mind this photo.
J.B. Forbes   jforbes@post-dispatch.com
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1/8/12    Sunday,,, University City---
Bill Christman's eclectic music club is filled with his collections from over the years. He gave a tour Sunday at his gallery space and workshop in University City. The club is open one night a week with bands from all genres playing.
J.B. Forbes   jforbes@post-dispatch.com
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