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Posted 4 years ago


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My grandson and I haul trash andsuch for folks as a hobby/business venture. It has netted some amazing finds over the last few years. These signs are the latest.

All steel and heavy. The S Curve and Speed Limit signs are embossed. The intersection sign has the remains of lettering on one side and the cross on the other so was repurposed at some point in its life.

Do any of you sign guys have a clue as to the age, when they still made these out of heavy gauge steel?

The two yellow signs are 24" square.


  1. markinmd, 4 years ago
    I see no one answered your question. Because embossed signs were manufactured over many years, you can't tell just because it is embossed. I can't speak for the intersection sign, but as a general rule, the rounded lettering used on the speed limit sign was introduced around 1945 (maybe a little earlier in California) and is still the standard today. Prior to that, signs primarily had boxy lettering that you see on the S Curve sign. There was probably some overlap as manufacturers switched, but it's a pretty good bet that the S Curve is earlier than 1945 and the Speed Limit sign could have been produced just about any time since then, probably not much newer than the 1960s unless it was privately manufactured. Hope this helps.

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