Old NJ Signs & Sundries

This page is a collection of old signs and other nifty odds and ends found on (or saved from) the streets of New Jersey.


Signs

New Jersey’s waterways passing under state and US routes were often marked by lovely cast iron signs. I assume these were made along with the cast iron guidepost signs between the 1920s and 1950s. Ben Kranefeld has graciously shared a few of the survivors he has photographed. They are, from left to right:

  • Haynes Creek – NJ Route 70 in Medford
  • Newton Creek – NJ Route 168, aka Black Horse Pike, in Audubon
  • Little Creek – NJ Route70 in Medford
  • NOTICE… – US Route 130 in Logan Twp.

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Entering Jersey City, one was met by some very cool signage in past decades.  The cateye sign and the cast iron and aluminum signs in this photo are all quite tasty looking morsels to this collector!


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A 2018 eBay near-miss… a porcelain guide sign from Essex County that was sold a few miles from me (Arrrgghhh!!).  I remember seeing these at various Essex County intersections into the 1990s.


The photo on the left was grabbed from eBay many years ago, showing the only example I have ever seen of the original Garden State Parkway shield design from 1954.  An ultra-rare piece that I’d love to have in my collection.  The GSP shield design that all Jerseyans are all familiar with is on the right.

In the middle is one of the original Crouse-Hinds Type DT signals that were used at the GSP toll booth exits, with the THANK YOU stencil on the green lens.  I forgot if any verbiage was on the red.  These CH heads, along with neon arrows directing the drivers to the coin baskets, were still used at the toll booths in the 1980s when I started driving.


Brothers Pizza on NJ Route 33 in Hamilton has a beautiful 18″ NJ Route 33 shield (1949 spec.) on the wall in their dining area.  Thanks to a visitor to this site named David who sent me these images.


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This is a copy of one of my lost images from the original NJSignals website; this older style School Crossing sign in Nutley is flanked by a pair of even older Crouse-Hinds Type D beacons.  This photo was probably taken back in 2003 or so.  I don’t know if it is still there.


Street Lamps

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Another copy of a NJ Signals image, the finial-topped GE traffic light may be gone, but as far as I know, South Orange still maintains its 19th century gas lamps.  I’d love it if they relied on the gas lamps alone.  There’s enough ambient light in New Jersey that you could almost get away with it in many places.


Mail Boxes

Many New Jerseyans my age and older ought to remember these quaint little mail boxes on concrete posts, which went extinct probably over 30 years ago.  I have seen a couple of the box-less posts still hanging around.  This box was photographed at Monument Square in New Brunswick during the 1958 holiday season.