Ben Kranefeld’s Jersey Road Finds

Ben Kranefeld, a really cool guy from South Jersey, contacted me through this site back in 2020. He has sent me many fantastic New Jersey road photos that I am delighted to present to you here.

Cast Iron Signs

Cast iron was used for a variety of early 20th Century signage in New Jersey. Below are photos of cast iron sign survivors taken by Ben in his travels across the state.

Town-mileage guidepost signs

The first three guideposts above are in Penns Grove, the next two in Cranbury. The last photo shows a transplanted (and probably culled from multiple sources) post in a park space along the Delaware River in Pennsville. It was used as a water fountain at some point.

County-line markers

These markers were found along NJ routes 47, 168, 77, 29, 27 and 22,

Waterway Markers

Other cast iron signs

NOTICE… – US Route 130 in Logan Twp.
DMV Inspection Station – Wheaton Ave., Millville
DMV Inspection Station Exit & Entrance – Salem-Woodstown Road, near Salem
Old Salem Road Historic Marker – NJ Route 154, Cherry Hill
Spanktown Historical Marker – Rahway
Look Out for the Locomotive – crossing of the former Central Railroad of NJ’s Southern Division in Woodland Twp

AAA Guidepost Signs

South Jersey still has many of these AAA guidepost signs, some of which I think date back to the 1950s. Ben sent me these images from his recent travels in Camden and Cumberland counties.

Other Interesting Finds

One of the oldest street signs in the state must be this porcelain pair in Ewing Township, near Trenton. As Ben put it, “The signs wiggled like a loose tooth on the top of the post. If I didn’t respect the the older street furniture, they would have been an anniversary gift to myself that evening!!”

Another cool find of Ben’s is this very old (1930s?) sign gantry over the southbound lanes of US Route 130 in Haddon Township. I am pretty sure I remember seeing this myself over 30 years ago. I love the finials topping the posts. Note also the faded “flying goose” guide signs pointing to the Walt Whitman and Commodore Barry bridges to Philadelphia.

Last, but certainly not least, of Ben’s photos, is of this 1910s concrete marker for the Lincoln Highway in Princeton.