Passaic River Cast Iron Sign

In September 2021, a north Jersey resident contacted me through the website and offered to me a beautiful pre-War Passaic River sign. I’d been wanting one of these waterway signs for a long time, but had never seen one at a reasonable price. Of all the rivers and creeks in New Jersey, the Passaic River is the one that I wanted most.

Most of the paint was already gone, and the sign was very rusty when I received it, and the base had been cut off roughly. To get the refurbishment started on the right foot, I lugged the sign up to Ed Tapanes‘s place, and helped as he cut off the excess iron from the base, flap-disked it sooth, and drilled and tapped mounting holes. This fellow knows how to “get it done”! In the last photo on the right, the first coats of white was drying after much wire brushing, scraping and one application of Naval Jelly.