Here is my New York route 9N sign I recentley aquired from eBay. This came from Glens Falls, NY. The sign is 24"x 24". It has some scratches and a small bend, but that makes it look neat and weathered =]. That is my 30"x30" DO NOT ENTER sign behind it.
NY route 9N is a road mainly in the Adirondack park running along US 9 and I-87. It starts north at US 9/NY 50/NY 29 in the heart of Saratoga springs. The road runs in sort of an S curve and borders the most of the western shore of Lake George. Its northern end is at US 9/NY 22 in Keesville. At 143 miles, it is the longest suffixed route in New York.
Taken w/o flash.
On the bottom right corner of the sign is the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) logo.
On the back of the sign is the NYSDOT dating sticker that also has a penalty to anyone who steals the sign. Don't worry, I didn't steal it, it was from eBay =]. Notice how faded it is aswell, though compared to what I've seen in the past, this is very colorful =D.
This is a sign I aquired off of ebay. The sign is 9"x30". It is basically a Delaware welcome sign. These are seen on all the non-freeway roads entering Delaware.
On the back of the sign in the previous photo is a DelDOT (Delaware Department of Transportation) dating sticker with the DelDOT logo to the top right. I recieved this on May 7, 2009, so with whats stamped out on the sticker, it shows the sign was used for a little over a year!
Here is a view of the smaller signs in my collection as well as a few license plates I own. The 1101 sign is a small older Virginia route refference marker. The sign to the bottom right is a souvenier I got when in Montreal and the WHOA sign I got at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA. The rest speak for themselves.
This is my 30"x30" DO NOT ENTER.
The back of the DO NOT ENTER sign is all brown so this is evidence that this sign was used in some national park (National Park Service has signs that are brown in the back.).
Closeup of the manufacterer sticker on the back of the sign.
A view of the other sticker on the back of the sign showing the penulty for theft of the sign and showing that it is indeed a sign that was used in some national park.
This is my brand new never used New York Thruway shield. I got this sign custom made from Garden State Highway Products in Vineland, NJ. The sign is 24"x24". On the shield is a map of the Thruway.
Its mainline starts in Yonkers, NY on I-87 at the Westchester County Line. In Harriman, NY at exit 17, the ticket system begins all the way to its journey to Buffalo. At exit 24 in Albany, I-87 leaves heading northward and I-90 joins turning west passing through Schenectady, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. It ends at the PA/NY line near Ripley, NY. With 496 miles, the New York Thruway is the longest toll road in the US.
This is my 24"x30" WEIGHT LIMIT 33 TONS with the PennDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) logo on the bottom, which I recieved on eBay. Notice how the 3's are wider than normal. These type of 3's are the special PennDOT font and I think they look pretty neat!
Closeup of the PennDOT logos on the weight limit sign. The 89 to the right represents it was put up in 1989. The B represents the second quarter of the year. The diamond represents the manufacterer, Avery Denison.
This is my no stopping sign my dad recieved from his work. Notice the graffiti on it. Who in hells name of graffiti artists would right that stuff??
More info on this baby here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Iansignal/My8InchEconoliteAndONEWAYSign#5292748198570152226
Here is a view of an I-93 shield which I got from eBay. This sign was used during the 2004 Boston Democratic National Convention.
I-93 is a north-south interstate that begins at an interchange with I-95/US 1/MA 128 in Canton, MA. It travels through the heart of Boston in the new Tip O'Niell Tunnel and going over the new Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Br over the Charles River which were built during the big dig. It goes north passing by a few of Boston's North Shore neighborhoods and enters New Hampshire where it passes through Manchester, Concord, and Plymouth. Interestingly, when it gets to Franconia Notch State Park, each side of the roadway is only 1 lane with a guardrail median! VERY un-interstate standard. After, NH, it enters Vermont with only 1 interchange and then ends at I-91 in St. Johnsbury, VT.
On the back of the I-93 sign we have some writing the Mass Highway Dept probably wrote.
Here is a view of the side of the I-93 sign. I can't really describe it other than this is seen on most construction and temporary signs over the US.
Here is nice vintage Vermont I-91 shield with the state name which I got from a swap meet on Long Beach Island, NJ (the next signs up to the I-95 shield are from the same swap meet). This sign is a 1961-spec shield and are getting rarer and rarer all the time outside of Wyoming. Plus this one is in great condition unlike most others.
I-91 is a major north-south highway running along the western side of New England. It begins north at I-95 in New Haven, CT. It heads north passing through the metro Hartford area which always seems to make I-91 a very busy highway with even a HOV lane from Hartford to Windsor, CT. I-91 then enters Massachusetts where it goes through the metro Springfield-Chicopee area which is very narrow due to it running along a tight space along the Connecticut River and having been an old alignment of US 5. After, I-91 is a rural road the rest of its journey in both MA and Vermont. In Vermont, it goes as a rural mountain road passing through towns and the north end at QC autoroute 55.
Here is my Massachusetts route 19 shield. The sheeting is badly cracked and the metal is a bit dented but that makes it look nice and weathered, which is what I like with my signs :)
MA route 19 is only a 17 mile north-south road extending from Connecticut route 19 in rural Massachusetts. As I said, it begins at the MA/CT border north of Stafford, CT and follows a rural road with only 2 route junctions (CT 19 doesn't count): US 20 in Brimfield and MA 67 in Warren, where the north end is.
Printed on the bottom of the MA 19 shield is MASS. D.P.W. This is printed on most of Massachusetts's signs although some have Dept. of. Public Works.
On the back of the MA 19 shield is a badly chipped sticker. It says MASS. D.P.W. and to the right I believe is WELLESLEY. I like this because my grandparents live in Wellesley! This is also kinda odd since MA 19 doesn't even go anywhere near Wellesley! UPDATE: Turns out that Wellesley had a sign shop where they made signs and this shows where it was made.
Here is my Connecticut route 149 shield.
CT 149 is another minor north-south route running in east-central CT from CT 82 in East Haddam and CT 2 at exit 16 in Colchester.
Here is my Vermont route 12 shield. This one is the latest design of Vermonts state shield. The old one was just a circle with a black background, simalar to New Jersey or Delaware.
VT 12 is a north-south route and also a long route with 98 miles in length. It starts at the Vermont/New Hampshire state line in Weathersfield, VT. VT 12 is a continuation of NH 12. It passes through towns such as Woodstock, Montpelier (state capital), and Morrisville, where it ends at VT 15A and VT 100 in the center of it. VT 12 is a part of the old New England Interstate system. To view info on the whole New England route 12, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Interstate_Route_12
To see info on what the New England Interstate System is, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Interstate_Route
Here is my US 46 shield. This sign was actually never used with evidence from the lack of screw holes, but its still a nice sign.
US 46 is an east-west route entirely within the state of New Jersey running on the northern part. It starts east from a rather complex interchange with I-80 and NJ 94 in Columbia while the west end of US 46 is in the middle of the George Washington Bridge on the NJ/NY state line in Fort Lee (opposite of NY city). The reason why US 46 just ends at the state line instead of continuing, is because it is a US route upgrade from former NJ state routes.
On the bottom of the US 46 shield is NJDOT. NJDOT stands for New Jersey Department of Transportation.
A Connecticut I-95 shield. The red is faded badly but it makes it look nice and weathered.
I-95 (for those of you who don't know), is a north-south highway running along the East Coast of the US from Miami, FL to Houlton, ME. I-95 starts north branching off of US 1/FL 5 in southern Miami. It runs along the east coast passing (or sometimes by-passing) through the major east coast cities. In CT, I-95 basically runs east-west since the CT seacoast is on the southern border. This sign looks like it is faded bad, but it looks good that way, IMHO.
A view of the back of the I-95 shield shows it has a yellow sticker. This is a Connecticut Dept. of Transportation dating sticker, but unfortunately it is faded so badly you can't even read it!
Here is a closer view of my Virginia secondary route 1101 sign I had picted earlier. It is about the size of a 4-WAY sign.
Since SR 1101 is a secondary highway, I know almost nothing about it. So no info on this one. Sorry.
Here is my 24"x24" New Hampshire route 28 shield which I bought from the city of Manchester (see the Manchester Dept. of Highways Visit page). This shield shows the older style of NH shields with the white border. Newer signs have the black border around the Old Man On The Mountain. This sign is really special to me since NH doesnt give away older signs. I only got this sign for $15 from the city of Manchester! Though this was the last used sign that was from the city, so I was lucky! NH 28 is also the road that goes right by my lake house!
Here is my 24"x30" Pennsylvania route 505 shield. It has the honeycomb reflective sheeting. On the bottom is the old PennDOT logo along with a few others. This shows PA's typical route marker.
PA 505 is only a very short 2 mile road in the suburbs of Erie, PA. It starts north branching off of PA 97 about a half mile or so away from I-90. It goes through some suburbs and passes the Erie Zoo. Its north end is at US 20 in the heart of Erie and is a block away from the north end of US 19, a route from Erie, PA to west central Florida.
Closeup of the logos on the PA 505 shield.
Here is my 24"x24" Maine route 4 shield. On the bottom left is the Maine Dept. of Transportation sticker. This shield may look like nothing too special, but Maine doesn't give away older signs, so it has value to me.
ME 4 is a route running through central Maine starting at New Hampshire route 4 (NH 4 is a continuation of ME 4, not to be confused with US 4 not too far from it) near South Berwick, ME to Moose Lake. At 168 miles, it is one of the longest state routes in Maine, the longest being ME 11 at 401 miles.
Closeup of the MDOT sticker on the bottom left of the ME 4 shield.
Here is a view of a recent score of mine. Its a California route 60 shield aswell as a "WEST" and an downward arrow placard. The shield is a typical California state shield. The signs are arranged so it looks like a typical "freeway entrance" assembly. The only sign I am missing is the actual "FREEWAY ENTRANCE" sign. Signs have the reflective "honeycomb" sheeting.
CA 60 is a 70 mile freeway in Southern California. Its west end is at I-5, I-10, and US 101 in Los Angeles while its east end is again at I-10 in Beaumont. The road is locally known as the Pomona Freeway and the Moreno Valley Freeway. Before 1964, this road actually used to be US 60. The reason it was decomissioned, was because California implemented a plan to simplify its highway-numbering system, where one state highway had only one route number and concurrencies were sternly discouraged. As a result, the US 60 designation (as well as US 70 and US 99) were erased.
Closer view of the CA 60 shield.
On the bottom of all 3 of the CA signs is this property logo. This can be seen at the bottom of all signs put up by CalTrans.
And on the back of each of the signs is this engraving. This is engaved on all of CalTrans signs that are made by Safeway Sign. The "4 00" is the date, so it tells you it was installed in April of 2000. This is on the back of the CA 60 shield. The "WEST" placard has "09 03" (October of 2003) and the arrow placard has "08 00" (August of 2000).
Here is a shot (borrowed from Flickr) of what the CA 60 signs would have looked like when in service. As you can see, the direction tab goes under the shield and a "FREEWAY ENTRANCE" sign is on top.
Here is the shot of my 1930's style Lyle street sign that once stood at the top of my street. Though this isn't from the 1930's, it does date back to when the neighborhood was built, which was in the early 1950's. Though its still old! This now stands on a pole in my back yard! The Christmas lights on it is just for decoration :).
Here is one of the older signs in my collection. It is a 1950s Michigan cutout shield! My first cutout marker! Snagged this one just before Thanksgiving of 2009 on eBay and only cost me about $30! Worth it!! Though, I doubt you'll find any others like this out in the field anymore. The sign is approximately 18"x18".
M-28 is a 290 mile east-west route that runs the length of Michigan's upper peninsula. It's west end is at US 2 in Wakefield and its east end is at M-129 near Sault St. Marie.
Here is my 24"x24" Michigan route 46 shield. It has the modern engineer grade sheeting. It is a modern version of my older M-28 shield. Has MDOT sticker on back.
M-46 is a 199 mile road that runs east-west and pretty much cuts Michigan's lower peninsula in half. Its west end is at Business US 31 near Muskegon while its east end is at M-25 in Port Sanilac.
On the back of my M-46 shield is this MDOT sticker. I am not too sure what all these mean, so some Michigan road geek will have to inform me.
Here is my Quebec provicial highway 132 shield from Canada. It has the older numerals that are slimmer than todays and has the fleur-de-lis design at the top. It measures 24"x18" and has a unique shape.
At 1,001 miles (err, 1,612 kilimeters), it is the longest highway in Quebec, and even one of the most scenic. It runs east-west through the province and passes through many small historic towns. Its west end is at the international border at an unsigned NY route 970T (which links QC 132 to NY 37 in Fort Covington) while there really isn't any east end. Once QC 132 reaches Sainte-Flavie, it splits into two and forms a loop road around the Gaspé Peninsula.
Molded into the back of the QC 132 shield, is this. It is the Transports Quebec property stamp, and it is in French! The fleur-de-lis is in the center while the text surrounding it reads "GOVOURNEMENT DU QUEBEC", which translates to Government of Quebec in English. The year stamped is 1997.
Here is my Texas toll road 45 shield. This style of shield is used for any Texas state highway that is tolled yet maintained by TxDOT. Note the Texas state flag at the bottom left. This shield was never used, but was indeed intended to be used by TxDOT since there are TxDOT tags on the back.
There is a lot too say about this route. Since it is complicated, I will not explain it all, and am going to link you with the Wikipedia page :D
On the back of the SH Toll 45 shield are the common TxDOT sticker. You can see that the shield was made during September of 2008.
Also on the SH Toll 45 shield is this TxDOT stamp. I am not too sure what DFW or M & P means though.
Here is a pretty nice aquisition. It is an authentic US route 666 shield from Arizona. The sign uses the older specs which include a differently shaped shield and series A numbering and also has the old ADOT logo on the bottom. What makes it a nice piece, is that US 666 isn't even around anymore. It was demomissioned around 2003. It was renumbered mostly due to sign theft, and the fact that its parent route, US 66, wasn't around anymore. The sign is 24"x24" and is made of plywood. The mounting holes are off because it was likely installed on a street light post where the signs were uneven with the pole.
US 666 ran along today's US 191 from the US/Mexico border in Douglas, AZ all the way up to I-40 in Sanders, AZ. From there, it would multiplex I-40 over to Gallup, NM where it would run along today's US 491 from Gallup, through Colorado, where it would finish at today's US 191 in Monticello, ID.
Here is my 24"x24" interstate 80 shield from Wyoming. The "00" on the bottom is WYDOT's (Wyoming Department of Transportation) way of saying the sign was made and installed in the year 2000. What is to note is that the shield consists of original 1960's specs, which is something unique to Wyoming's new interstate shields.
In Wyoming, I-80 has a total of 402.76 miles and spans the lower part of the state. Going east to west, it starts at the Nebraska line in Pine Bluffs then stays rural until Cheyanne, where it meets the infamous I-180 (an interstate that acts like a boulevard) and I-25. From there, I-80 is a fairly rural but very scenic route where it passes through a few towns including Laramie. It then enters Colorado near Evanston.
Here is the back of my I-80 Wyoming shield. When I got it, I recieved it with the mounting brackets still attached! What is missing is the bottom part of the lower bracket though.
Here is my 30"x30" curve sign that came from the state of Massachusetts. This one is pretty old, from around the 1960s or 1970s. I can tell because of the style of arrow and the old Massachusetts Department of Public Works logo on the bottom. This sign has scotchlite sheeting on steel which is another example of its age.
Here is a closeup of the old Mass Dept. of Public Works logo seen on the bottom of the curve sign. This was common amongst Massachusetts signs back in the 60s. That is the MA state seal on the bottom.
Here is my 24"x30" Alabama state route 189 shield. This shows what the AL state shield looks like: a stretched outline of the state. Doesn't look half bad. Has the ALDOT sticker on the back (next photo).
AL 189 is a fairly rural route, running north-south toward the south-central part of the state. It has a total of 34 miles with its south end at AL 52 at Kinston and its north end at US 331 in Brantly.
On the back of my AL 189 shield, is the ALDOT sticker, showing the date of installation (or, is it the date of fabrication?): October 7th, 1999.
Here is my 24"x24" Maine I-95 shield, dating from 2003. Notice how everything but the numeral and the date stamp on the bottom is in the older LeHay font which was actually used on only Maine I-95 shields until very recently.
I-95 is the main east coast interstate running from Miami, Florida to Houlton, Maine with a total of 1,925 miles. In Maine, it runs a total of 303 miles from the New Hampshire state line in Kittery to the New Brunswick border and continues as NB 95 from there to the Trans Canada Highway 2 in Woodstock, NB. I-95 is also the only 2-digit interstate in Maine and it and the loop/spur interstates access all of Maine's major cities.
Here is my US 202A shield that came unused from MaineDOT and is 24"x24" and made of plywood. Notice how it used the old shield shape and the old Maine LeHay font. Another thing to notice is how the letter is below the numerals (similar to what New Hampshire does). The reason that is, is because that all 4 digits wouldn't fit on the sign if it was all on one line.
US 202A is actually a route that I know next to nothing about. US 202A doesn't even exist in Maine, at least not today. My guess is that it used to be a short spur/loop that turned out to be useless, and was decomissioned. Anything is possible.
What I recieved on my birthday on 7-18-10.
One of the prize pieces in my collection and was found on a wall in an antique store in Wolfeboro, NH: an original spec New Hampshire I-89 shield. New Hampshire stopped using the state name in their interstate shields early on, around the late 1980s, and as a result, only about 3 are left within the state. This sign measures about 24"x24" and is in excellent condition, minus the small bullet hole on the bottom of the 9.
Interstate 89 is a 2 state north-south 191 mile interstate with its south end at I-93/Everett Turnpike/NH 3A in Bow Junction, NH, which is just south of Concord. Its north end is at the Quebec route 133 at the Canadian border in Highgate Springs, VT. In New Hampshire, I-89 only runs for about 60 miles and is a major freeway corridor in western New Hampshire.
Here is my Prince Edward Island route 2 shield I recieved for Christmas of 2010. The shield measures 18"x22" and you'll notice the mounting holes are in the shape of a pill, which seems to be common with Canadian road signs.
PEI 2 is a 134 mile (216 kilometers) east-west highway running from PEI 12 in Tignish to PEI 16 in Souris. One interesting fact about PEI 2 is that it is known as the All Weather Highway, as it was one of the first roads in the province to be open during all 4 seasons. Another cool fact about PEI 2, is that it was the first numbered highway in the province in 1890, when it opened between Charlottetown and Summerside.
On the back of my PEI 2 shield, is this dating sticker, pointing out that this shield was indeed erected during July of 2002.