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Dublin Ireland’s Why Go Bald Neon Sign – Retro Roadmapping Across The World

Posted on: April 4, 2012

You can take the Retro Roadmapping gal out of her natural habitat, but you can’t stop her from looking for cool old vintage things and places, even when she’s in…Ireland!

Though I was surrounded by buildings and statues that were so old they make my niche of a timeline (vaguely 1900-1970s) look positively new-born, I still could not help but snap a photo or two of something I’d consider Retro Roadmap worthy.

Like the Why Go Bald? sign in Dublin, Ireland!

Dublin - Why Go Bald?
Known as Mr. W.G.B. (Why Go Bald) he’s the mascot of  Universal Hair & Scalp Clinic. Built in 1962, it has been seen in the background of movies like “Educating Rita” and “A Man of No Importance.”

At the end of the 21st century the sign was almost dismantled and dumpstered, but thankfully was restored in 1999 free of charge by Taylor Signs, the family owned company who originally built it.

Reported to be Bono’s favorite Dublin landmark, I prefer the eloquent storytelling Tom Matthews (cartoonist for the Irish Times) as he describes his fondness for the sign throughout the years. Check out the video below from Storymap  for his tales and a view of the animated neon landmark in action.

Why Go Bald Sign at the Universal Hair & Scalp Clinic
3 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)1 6793618

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5 responses to "Dublin Ireland’s Why Go Bald Neon Sign – Retro Roadmapping Across The World"

  1. Gunnar Apr 05, 2012 at 09:58

    Love it. Should it be Why O’Bald?

  2. Lizzie Apr 07, 2012 at 15:55

    I can’t believe anyone considered trashing this sign. I’m so happy it was saved!