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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 grandpaís 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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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #758 on: February 22, 2020, 09:50:34 AM »

Posted by the Arizona Daily Star, "Highway sign on Old Nogales Highway south of Tucson in July, 1956."



More 1950s here, including an at-grade intersection on the pre-I-10 Tucson Freeway:
https://tucson.com/news/local/a-look-at-what-life-was-like-in-tucson-in/collection_c34f395e-577e-11e7-bb57-fbb43e3ef96b.html#42
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #759 on: February 25, 2020, 12:18:20 AM »

A few old signs from St. Louis that a friend shared on Facebook the other day:







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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #760 on: February 25, 2020, 08:22:02 AM »

A few old signs from St. Louis that a friend shared on Facebook the other day:






I really like the first sign.  While it may be somewhat complicated to actually follow that sign for driving purposes it is just so unique that it's nice that it was preserved in somebody's photograph.

It is also curious to me that it seems that they emphasize States over cities would be guards to destinations. 

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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #761 on: March 05, 2020, 01:05:03 AM »

Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1951. The Route 187/189 freeway doesn't yet exist. Route 189 is part of Route 9 and is on the north bank of the Farmington River, near the old Spoonville Bridge. Route 187 ends here and does not continue south into Bloomfield.



More non-road pics in the article at https://www.knowol.com/information/connecticut/historical-pictures-connecticut/
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #762 on: March 05, 2020, 04:06:47 AM »

A few old signs from St. Louis that a friend shared on Facebook the other day:






I really like the first sign.  While it may be somewhat complicated to actually follow that sign for driving purposes it is just so unique that it's nice that it was preserved in somebody's photograph.

It is also curious to me that it seems that they emphasize States over cities would be guards to destinations. 

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This is what the location of the sign, in the first picture, looks like now.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #763 on: April 18, 2020, 02:32:29 PM »

This is a screen capture from an old film.  It was taken near Christmas Island, Nova Scotia in the 1950's.  I thought it was neat.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #765 on: May 22, 2020, 02:53:01 PM »

On VDOT's Facebook page today.

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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #766 on: May 22, 2020, 03:21:03 PM »

On VDOT's Facebook page today.



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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #767 on: May 22, 2020, 04:26:56 PM »

On VDOT's Facebook page today.



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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #768 on: June 10, 2020, 05:05:48 PM »


https://www.google.com/maps/@-27.4135448,-70.3548059,3a,15y,307.01h,83.47t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTsavsYYdoQZ1OfY03qKcpg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The newer style uses the region number (in this case III REGION) instead of the region name.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #769 on: June 11, 2020, 09:56:11 AM »



https://www.google.com/maps/@-27.4135448,-70.3548059,3a,15y,307.01h,83.47t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTsavsYYdoQZ1OfY03qKcpg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The newer style uses the region number (in this case III REGION) instead of the region name.

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Unfortunately, it appears his photo blog website thingy has been deleted, so I cannot hunt through it for shields.
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« Reply #770 on: June 19, 2020, 03:12:44 PM »

Iíve passed this sign a few times and wondered as to its date - I know that AAA used to post these predominantly in the 1910ís - 1920ís, but it just seems so... new? Itís almost in TOO good condition? Itís at the end of Kingís Highway in Haddonfield, NJ. Does anyone have an idea if this was a real original AAA sign from the 1920ís?



Wow, I don't recall seeing any of those, although I probably have.  That certainly does look much newer than 80 years!

Do you collect any Jersey signage?

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« Reply #771 on: June 20, 2020, 01:31:31 AM »

Iíve passed this sign a few times and wondered as to its date - I know that AAA used to post these predominantly in the 1910ís - 1920ís, but it just seems so... new? Itís almost in TOO good condition? Itís at the end of Kingís Highway in Haddonfield, NJ. Does anyone have an idea if this was a real original AAA sign from the 1920ís?



Wow, I don't recall seeing any of those, although I probably have.  That certainly does look much newer than 80 years!

Do you collect any Jersey signage?

I donít; too expensive a hobby (although I love Turnpike stuff and would shell out for old Turnpike tickets).

There are a few in Camden County, all in decent shape although thatís the cleanest one Iíve seen. If youíre familiar with Haddonfield, itís on NJ 41 (Kings Highway) leaving the downtown area southbound.
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #772 on: June 20, 2020, 05:13:49 PM »

Iíve passed this sign a few times and wondered as to its date - I know that AAA used to post these predominantly in the 1910ís - 1920ís, but it just seems so... new? Itís almost in TOO good condition? Itís at the end of Kingís Highway in Haddonfield, NJ. Does anyone have an idea if this was a real original AAA sign from the 1920ís?



Wow, I don't recall seeing any of those, although I probably have.  That certainly does look much newer than 80 years!

Do you collect any Jersey signage?

I donít; too expensive a hobby (although I love Turnpike stuff and would shell out for old Turnpike tickets).

There are a few in Camden County, all in decent shape although thatís the cleanest one Iíve seen. If youíre familiar with Haddonfield, itís on NJ 41 (Kings Highway) leaving the downtown area southbound.

I don't know Haddonfield in great detail, though I definitely know where it is.  I have always lived in North and Central Jersey. 

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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #773 on: June 23, 2020, 01:03:44 AM »

Old US-20 shield that is still there as of June 2019. There used to be another one on the other side of the bridge but they replaced it several years ago. Haven't been that way in a while to know for sure if it's still there.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2360119,-88.8611447,3a,20.7y,31.42h,86.61t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s0l41pCJdadVGdNOwjLmoIQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D0l41pCJdadVGdNOwjLmoIQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D20.515038%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192

Also this guide sign near the location of the previous sign doesn't look like a typical IDOT install.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2395932,-88.8614565,3a,15y,214.99h,91.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSvsbsf5uOGWpzCJe4LAFzw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
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Re: photos of old signs on the internet
« Reply #774 on: June 23, 2020, 11:51:05 PM »

Please include a short description of what or where your GSV links are showing.

Still there as of June 2019. There used to be another one on the other side of the bridge but they replaced it several years ago. Haven't been that way in a while to know for sure if it's still there.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2360119,-88.8611447,3a,20.7y,31.42h,86.61t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s0l41pCJdadVGdNOwjLmoIQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D0l41pCJdadVGdNOwjLmoIQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D20.515038%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192

Also this sign near the location of the previous sign doesn't look like a typical IDOT install.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2395932,-88.8614565,3a,15y,214.99h,91.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSvsbsf5uOGWpzCJe4LAFzw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

 


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