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Chinese arrows anyone?

An intersection tucked away in a corner of Englewood has no less than SEVEN Chinese arrows in use (at least as of 09.23.08).

Englewood does have quite a few interesting artifacts still in service, hiding in plain sight. Across from the park, I spied an old Electro-Matic controller cabinet, still embedded in what looks to […]

As is the way of things, you sometimes need some fresh perspective to see what’s right in front of you. Over my life I’ve probably spent literally hundreds of hours stuck in tunnel traffic. It’s part of doing business in the city unfortunately. What I had never noticed before yesterday though was […]

Now I don’t know if this bumper crop of signal spottage was simply serendipity or was due to my signal frame of mind (was driving out to pick up a mystery signal artifact) and heightened signalsense. Either way I came across a couple of tasty pieces within a few miles of my driveway that […]

More LOC finds

Kenneth Hahn and unidentified man demonstrating “talking” cross-walk traffic signal in Los Angeles, Calif., 1965

In an effort to encourage pedestrians to notice and adhere to the new pedestrian signals installed in Bakersfield, Calif., 1958, pedestrians who attempted to cross against the lights were sprayed in the eyes with a vinegar and water solution. This […]

Travel enough road miles and it becomes way too easy to miss vintage signals you pass by on a daily basis. Here are some hidden jewels that are still in service, all within two miles of my house.
Green Adler (sounds like a poisonous snake or a Batman villain):
(just this week a green Adler […]