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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #750 on: September 28, 2019, 09:45:08 AM »


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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #751 on: October 07, 2019, 09:18:25 PM »

Found this gem in my grandpa’s albums. Loving this sign. His label marks the photo as being taken between 1948 - 1950. Sorry Grandma kinda got in the way.

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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #752 on: February 14, 2020, 08:09:16 PM »

Found this one from the Library of Congress; 1977 photo of a Wisconsin Route 32 sign, in Racine:


Drive-in Theater, Route 32, Kenosha, Wisconsin (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

By the way, when did the "WIS" disappear from the state highway shield? I saw one today in my travels, and so had no idea it was there until I browsed the shield gallery.

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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #753 on: February 14, 2020, 08:57:18 PM »

^^ The DOT dropped it c. 1972, but counties continued doing it afterward, dropping it some time afterward depending on the county. Some can still be found in the wild, particularly in Waukesha County.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #754 on: February 15, 2020, 07:33:28 AM »

Found this one from the Library of Congress; 1977 photo of a Wisconsin Route 32 sign, in Racine:


Drive-in Theater, Route 32, Kenosha, Wisconsin (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

By the way, when did the "WIS" disappear from the state highway shield? I saw one today in my travels, and so had no idea it was there until I browsed the shield gallery.
I am finding it quite amusing that there is a photo of a "classic" drive-in theatre (of which there a very few of nowadays) and we are discussing the WIS 32 sign.  :D 

That drive-in looks great!  Interesting choice of movies--"Jailbait Babysitter"?  :hmm:

Anyway, some states had abbreviations on their state shield signs (NY, NC, OH come to mind) that now no longer have them.  I, myself, never minded seeing an abbreviation on these shields.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #755 on: February 15, 2020, 12:23:40 PM »

Found this one from the Library of Congress; 1977 photo of a Wisconsin Route 32 sign, in Racine:


Drive-in Theater, Route 32, Kenosha, Wisconsin (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

By the way, when did the "WIS" disappear from the state highway shield? I saw one today in my travels, and so had no idea it was there until I browsed the shield gallery.
I am finding it quite amusing that there is a photo of a "classic" drive-in theatre (of which there a very few of nowadays) and we are discussing the WIS 32 sign.  :D 

That drive-in looks great!  Interesting choice of movies--"Jailbait Babysitter"?  :hmm:

Anyway, some states had abbreviations on their state shield signs (NY, NC, OH come to mind) that now no longer have them.  I, myself, never minded seeing an abbreviation on these shields.

Well, it is the thread topic...admittedly, I think I've been to three drive-in theaters, so there's not much nostalgia value in it for me. Suburbia tended to not have drive-ins, so you had to go out of your want for them (the last being 1995 with a date).

My understanding is that once the theaters banded into a few groups, the drive-ins and mom-and-pops didn't get as many first-run movies and were left to show a lot of B-reel stuff that was usually a bit more gratuitous in nature.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #756 on: February 15, 2020, 07:39:13 PM »

I don't know why there's so many different shades of US Routes.

Photo taken in Tacoma, WA. Approximate location here (at the five-way intersection), looking Northwest (photo taken 1956 Nov 30):

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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #757 on: February 15, 2020, 07:42:27 PM »

Because I know those cutouts aren't particularly interesting, here's another photo (1906 May 08) showing what was supposedly the first danger-related sign in Tacoma, WA:



Photo from the JoAnn E. Rovig Collection, Northwest Room, Tacoma.
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