Neon prints were produced mainly at the end of the 1800s and the name is because they are brights set against darks like neon lights. Here are a few examples.
The bright green and pink backing on my Rocky Road to Kansas is a great example of a neon print or neon fabric
And that blue print below the cherubs is a good one too. By the way it was printed by Hamilton Printworks of Lowell, Massachusetts in 1881. And this is from the Tumbling Block Star with the 1881 calendar print.
This faux patchwork star print or cheater cloth is rather neony, as well.
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