My Signs

My favorite signs to collect are old route shields, guide signs, markers and so forth from New Jersey, New York and (someday) Pennsylvania. I’m not as interested in regulation signs like STOP or KEEP RIGHT, unless there’s something unique going on with it. I’m doing my best to resist the urge to go down the “get signs from all 50 states” rabbit hole.

Click on any sign to find out more about it.

Cast Iron Guide Sign (Union County 1920s)

Cast Aluminum NJ State 27 Highway Shield (1927 spec)

Porcelain NYC Humpback Street Sign

Steel New York State Route 439 Shield

Embossed Porcelain Hunterdon County Route 512 Shield

Porcelain Public Service Bus Station Marker

Garden State Parkway Shield (1962)

My other signs on display include:

  • Welcome to Clifton (NJ) shield that I believe was posted a mile from the house I grew up in. Thanks, Ed Tapanes!
  • Stop When Flashing sign: I’m not sure where I got this. It appears to have been part of a railroad crossing or entrance gate.
  • NJ Route 28 Shield (24″ x 24″): I snagged this from my neighbor’s trash several years back. According to sign expert Steve Alpert, this sign can be likely dated to the 1980s by the NJDT printed in the lower right corner.
  • Great Falls signs from Paterson: These were a neat bonus thrown in with the Paterson signal that I obtained in 2019.