Skipping Girl Neon Sign

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For eight decades the Skipping Girl Vinegar neon sign has light the Melbourne sky line. Now the mystery of the girl known as Little Audrey has been solved as we discover the original skipping girl here in Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula.

Irene Barron, 94 and living in Sorrento was the model for the iconic sign after working as a young artist for Neon Electric Signs.

“I was nearly 14 when I started there after winning a drawing for a completion. The prize was that you got to work there. I was the smallest there and so they wanted someone to skip rope for them so they could see what movements of the skipping rope was like and how my dress moved as well”

She remembers skipping for hours to help the designers work out how the famous neon sign should move.

It was 1936 when the neon Skipping Girl sign was erected over the Skipping Girl Vinegar factory in Abbotsford and remained there until the late 1960s.

“I would get the train home every night and see the sign flashing from the carriage. I would look at it and think – Wow that me” Mrs Barron said.

Source – Peninsula Essence (Winter 2016)

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