The Vintage New Jersey Highway Shields Gallery

This is a collection of images of vintage highway shields that have been saved from the scrap heaps and found their way into the hands of collectors over the years (i.e., not road photos). By and large, I am showing shields from before the 1961 federal spec (with some interesting exceptions). These images are mostly culled from across the web, including from this site, AAroads, Alps Roads, Worthpoint, eBay and elsewhere. Collectors Ed Tapanes, Ben Kranefeld and Scott Hubbard sent me their shield images directly, which is much appreciated!

You can see that NJ Route 69 shields did indeed get stolen a lot.

State Routes

16″ Cast Aluminum (1920s-30s)

18″ Cast Aluminum (1940s-50s)

20″ Green Cutout (late 1950s-60s)

Black Square (1961 Federal Spec)


US Routes

Cast Aluminum / Iron (pre 1950)

White Square (1948 federal spec)

23″ Green Cutout (late 1950s -1960s)


Toll Roads


County Routes

19″ Cast Iron

16″ Embossed Porcelain (early 1950s)

Flat White Square (1960s)