The Vancouver firm best known for producing neon signs in the city is Neon Products. But when I was flipping through a 1948 Sun business directory yesterday, I came across another firm that was active in the city: David Neon Signs.
The proprietor of this company was Victor David. The firm seems to have had its start in the early 1930s. The firm remained in business at least until 1955 (when access to VPL’s online directory information peters out) and possibly several years later. There is some evidence that David died in 1976.
The image above makes me chuckle. It seems to represent the biblical “David and Goliath” story, but David Neon has taken substantial literary license. The eventually-to-be King David didn’t slay Goliath (who is a stand-in, here, pretty plainly, for David Neon’s principal competitor, Neon Products) with a huge sword. He used a stone in a sling.¹ And even if he’d had access to a sword as he is shown to have had on the David Neon float above, it wouldn’t seem ‘cricket’ for him to have taken aim at the pelvic region of Goliath!
¹I Samuel 17:50 reads: “So David triumphed over the Philistine [Goliath] with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.” (New International Version). Emphasis mine.