Hello, my name is Francis Khoury, and I’d like to welcome you to Garden State Signals, a nostalgic scrapbook of old traffic signs and signals from New Jersey. There are also a couple pages of esoteric information here for the benefit of the hardcore collectors in the audience.
I’m not quite sure why old traffic lights and highway signs appeal to me so much, but it really goes back as far as I can remember. It’s just how I’m wired (get it?). I’ve been hooked on collecting, refurbishing and displaying antique street furniture since about 2001, when I acquired my first traffic light on eBay, an LFE signal from Valiant Surplus. Since that time, it has been one of my more Zen-like hobbies – along with pastimes such as birdwatching and hiking. I have made a few good friends along the way, too.
Another enjoyable facet of the hobby has been maintaining this website since 2018. Some of you old-time collectors may remember my original njsignals.com site, which I had going for a few years starting in 2003. I’m glad to be online again. I hope you enjoy your visit and that you’ll come back soon, as I will be continually adding content.
In memory of Jesse Vallely