Neon sign from set of Late Night with David Letterman

Description (Brief):

This neon sign was used in the title sequence of NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. Late night talk shows have been a stable of television since 1954, when NBC’s The Tonight Show first aired. Letterman’s (b. 1947) ironic sensibility reflected the critical yet enthusiastic engagement audiences had with the familiar format by this time. Letterman hosted Late Night from 1982-1993, later moving to CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, which he helmed from 1993 until his retirement in 2015.

Date Made: 1990

Associated Name: Letterman, DavidMaker: Let There Be Neon City, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: ComedyTelevision


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Jack Rollins

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0607.01Catalog Number: 1992.0607.01Accession Number: 1992.0607

Object Name: Sign, Neonneon sign with power supply box

Physical Description: neon (overall material)glass (overall material)plexiglass (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 30 in x 36 in x 5 in; 76.2 cm x 91.44 cm x 12.7 cmpower supply: 6 in x 5 in x 9 in; 15.24 cm x 12.7 cm x 22.86 cmoverall: 40 in x 79 in x 25 in; 101.6 cm x 200.66 cm x 63.5 cm


Record Id: nmah_1179977

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