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The 6th Floor has an interesting article on the creation of “Day-Glo” neon colors by two brothers named Bob and Joe Switzer. The brothers experimented with naturally fluorescent compounds in the late 30′s and into the 40′s before coming to realize that they had a sellable product on their hands. This 1997 New York Times obituary goes into the life story of the Switzer brothers briefly.

When I was reading that article, all I could think about was how much Australia owes these brothers! JK JK JK. Or not. Haha :)