Photographer's Note

The view of the Citgo sign is from the Charles River Esplanade, in the Back Bay. Perched above Kenmore Square, this luminous distraction is supposedly the largest sign in New England. It originated in 1940 as a sign over Cities Service offices. It has since became a landmark, partly as an example of "urban neon art." The landmark aura also has to do with the sign's location, especially the views from Fenway Park (over landmark within a landmark, the famed "left field wall") and along the route of the Boston Marathon. There were times when the sign went dark (if I remember correctly, in connection with an energy crisis), and there was even a plan to take down the sign in the early 1980's, when it was in worsening condition. But the sign was kept on by Boston's acknowledged and unacknowledged preservationists.

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