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Signs of the times

Here are a couple of posters that the fine people over at our very own Library Of Congress saw fit to preserve for posterity (and fortunately so). From the WPA era.

Personally, I have a rather involved negative-reinforcement scenario all worked up for this type of hooligan, and I’ll not expand on it except to […]

Digital Box?

At first glance the link below is to a story that would appear decidedly non-signal related, but perhaps there’s more to it than you think…
http://www.designondeadline.com/digitalnewsstand/index.html

One of the reasons I enjoy collecting automobilia (traffic signals, road signs, toll booth collectors’ severed limbs, etc..) is the incongruity of seeing otherwise ubiquitous items, in an unfamiliar setting. […]

Predictions of SkyNet?

So assuming you escaped the clutches of these robots, and decided to pull over and park to catch your breath and perhaps come up with some new strategy to evade this new flood of automatons, you’d best make sure the meter is fed. Cause these are some next-generation hybrids. That’s right, we’re talking […]

Here’s a brief collection of my favorite traffic robots (after this one of course):
Robot safety signaling device
“It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are complying with all current traffic regulations!”

I like to imagine this robot […]

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 […]

…or so says Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye. A somewhat cheesy movie based on a Chandler book by the same name, it does have a surprisingly high traffic signal count. And the earliest movie I’ve come across that had a traffic signal used as decoration (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Bewitched don’t count […]

A: Why Miles Davis of course…

Worth picking up the LP just for the album cover, but if you pick up the CD as well, you might just find yourself repeatedly listening to Walkin’ and Solar. Even though many list this comeback album as ‘essential’, and I’m a huge Miles Davis fan, I just can’t […]

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 […]

Domo arigato Mr. Roboto

This is one of my favorite signal ads of all time. A huge traffic directing robot. From his aggressive stance, straddling traffic in the middle of the road, we can assume that he is a vengeful automaton, stomping on jay walkers and punting traffic offenders into the next county.
What I really find curious […]

Joe C. (from the SignalFan club on MSN) found this movie on Archive.org (a great source for public domain old movies BTW). The movie can be played through your browser (as long as it supports Flash) but to really ogle the old signals in high definition (well, high def for 1937) you need […]

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