US Route 46 Shield with Junction Banner

From 1956 to about 1963, New Jersey used green cutout highway shields. The state route shields were circular, and the US routes were badge-shaped. Both displayed the white route number surrounded by a thick border, with no other text. The auxiliary banners did not have the border. I don’t recall ever seeing any of these green shields in service. In fact, it’s hard to find photos of them in service, let alone finding any to collect.

After years of keeping my eyes peeled for signs of this ilk, an opportunity to buy a US Route 46 shield with its matching Junction [JCT] banner came up in early 2020. As of this writing, its still the only green NJ shield I have ever seen 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 the period it comes from, 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.