It took me a while to realize that collecting signs can be just as fun as collecting signals. My favorite signs to collect are old highway shields, guidepost signs, place markers, and so forth, especially from New Jersey and New York City. I also like regulation signs like STOP or KEEP RIGHT that are antiquated or in some way unusual or particular to the area. I have (so far) resisted the urge to go down the “get signs from all 50 states” rabbit hole. I have also been taking it slow and focusing on quality over quantity.
The images below will link you either to more info about the sign, or to the full-size image.
New Jersey Signs
1970s Clifton sign that came from my old neck of the woods at the Clifton-Paterson border – a gift from Ed Tapanes
1950s 5×8″ Porcelain Highway Signal and Sign Co. Crosswalk Push-Button sign
(most likely served in NJ or Philadelphia)
1940s-60s Blue Star Route bus line sign (14″) – not a street sign, these were affixed to Somerset Bus Company buses
New York Signs
Repros / Unknown Location Signs
This is either a repro, or one of a bunch of NOS signs that surfaced in recent years.
Repro 12 x 18 MOVE ON GREEN ONLY sign made by Signs by Jake. I’m not sure how widely used these signs were. I have only seen them in a couple photographs, like this one, in Hudson County New Jersey.