Beautiful photographs of the vintage lights of Budapest

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Beautiful photographs of the vintage lights of Budapest

Throughout most of the 20th century, neon lights were the sign of progress and modernity – and behind the Iron Curtain, the illusion of it.

Fixed upon the crumbling facades of the once magnificent buildings of post-war Budapest, neon lights beamed banal advertisements and Communist propaganda just like in any other country of the Eastern Bloc.

Still, from the relative comfort of the relative freedom of post-Communist Hungary, it is easy to feel some kind of a nostalgia for a time when advertisements (not the political ones!) seemed more direct, more honest, without trying to sell imaginary ‘lifestyles’ through marketing hocus-pocus.

Even regardless of their message, socialist era neon lights have various historical, artistic, townscaping and even some ‘a…

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