After years of keeping my eyes peeled for a 1957-62 green diecut NJ highway sign, an opportunity to buy this US Route 46 shield with its matching JCT (junction) marker came up in early 2020. As of this writing, I have only seen two other green NJ highway signs ever offered for sale. A shout-out goes to Jake Bear for working out an agreeable trade/purchase deal with me.
US Route 46 spans northern New Jersey from the Delaware River eastward to the Hudson River at the George Washington Bridge. Besides having value for its hard-to-find format, this shield has extra sentimental value for me, as Route 46 passes through the middle of my old hometown of Clifton. I have many good memories associated with Route 46, and I drove on it my very first time behind the wheel.
The banner image at the top of this page shows US-46 and NJ-3 shields in the “green era”, as depicted on exit signs on the Garden State Parkway. Photo published by the New York Times in 1964 in Autobiography of a Parkway.