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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Neon signs, about 1940-70Neon signs, about 1940-70

To vividly illustrate the concept of a multicultural twentieth-century America in the Bicentennial exhibition A Nation of Nations, curators created a dazzling display of colorful neon signs from ethnic restaurants. In exchange for donating their old signs, restaurant owners were given brand new ones, courtesy of the Smithsonian.

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