Sav-Mart sign in Wenatchee, Leo-Lectra sign, neon sputnik sign, sign designer Jim Henry, retro neon sign, Mamiya 645 Pro, Kodak Portra 400, Jeff King Photography
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This Sav-Mart sign in Wenatchee, Wash., is crowned with a star. It looks like a giant toy jack or spiky satellite. Oklahoman Jim Henry built the Neo-Lectra signs in the '60s; they sold for about $1,000. Few have survived. I wonder if Sav-Mart had a matching star on the opposite pole at one time. The neon star above still works. It is a flashing beacon at night on Wenatchee Avenue. My wife and I moved here in August from Seattle and we value the Americana atmosphere in town. Like the junker pickup and flag mural along the city's main street.