Steel New York State Route 439 Shield (1957)

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In my book, New York has one of the cooler-looking state highway shields, and I’m delighted to have an example in my collection. This particular shield, dated June 1957, comes from the last generation of cut-out NY shields; made in between the embossed shield era and the modern, rectangular shield era.

NY Route 439 formerly extended from the Goethals Bridge across Staten Island via Forest Avenue to the Staten Island Ferry, and continued in Brooklyn a short distance to the Belt Parkway. It was discontinued in 1968, soon after the Verrazano Bridge was constructed, when ferry routes between Staten Island and Brooklyn were terminated and most cross-island traffic flowed to the bridge via the Staten Island Expressway.