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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: SJMR (---.dsl.emhril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: December 26, 2012 04:07PM

When did they change the street signs from black letters on yellow back ground? My neighbor gave me a street sign that has our street name as a street not an avenue. Was that when they made the change? What year was that?

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Mornac (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: December 26, 2012 10:32PM

Happened in our neighborhood in the mid 70's

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Lance Grey (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: December 26, 2012 10:46PM

Here's Two fairly recent Forgotten Chicago articles on Yellow Street Signs:

[b][url=http://forgottenchicago.com/columns/yellow-street-signs/]Yellow Street Signs[/url][/b]

[b][url=http://forgottenchicago.com/columns/disconnected-yellow-signs/]Disconnected Yellow Signs[/url][/b]

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 04, 2013 01:22AM

Sold sign update.

W. Olive Av.- $178.50

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-porcelain-Chicago-street-sign-yellow-and-black-W-Olive-Av-ex-cond-/261136731940?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&nma=true&si=NKeaBDhkiegLOK6amLVOfG3mw%2Fs%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

N. Moody Av.- $242.50

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Vintage-Chicago-Yellow-Porcelain-Street-Sign-N-Moody-Ave-/150963630696?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&nma=true&si=NKeaBDhkiegLOK6amLVOfG3mw%2Fs%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

N. Albany Av.- $150.00

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Chicago-Porcelain-Painted-2-sided-Street-Sign-N-Albany-Avenue-Ave-/200871323099?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&nma=true&si=NKeaBDhkiegLOK6amLVOfG3mw%2Fs%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

N. Paris Av.- $185.00

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Chicago-Porcelain-Painted-2-sided-Street-Sign-N-Paris-Ave-/200871326510?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec4dd332e&nma=true&si=NKeaBDhkiegLOK6amLVOfG3mw%2Fs%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 27, 2013 08:56PM

You missed a set of 4 green ones.
Clark, Addison, Waveland & Sheffield



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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 27, 2013 09:03PM

Yellow N. Harlem

Yellow S. Wentworth



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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 27, 2013 09:12PM

N. Broadway

N. Whipple



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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Jeff_Weiner (---.sub-75-207-7.myvzw.com)
Date: March 01, 2013 04:30PM

Little bit of trivia for everyone: when you retire from the City's Department of Transportation, the Division of Signs and Markings makes a boulevard sign with your name on it (brown background with white lettering). This started when the City switched to the aluminum extrusion signs. I got mine when I took early retirement from CDOT in 2010 (was a Traffic Engineer IV).

And no, my Weiner Blvd. sign is [b][u]not[/u][/b] for sale!

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 03, 2013 01:33AM

Thanks Hal, looks like I was sleepin on the job. I'm awake now and will resume my continuation of this thread once some signs that are up now sell. Thanks!

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: tomcat630 (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: March 03, 2013 05:31AM

From 1974-ish to 1977 the green signs were installed.

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 06, 2013 02:41PM

A few more sold signs.

W. Argyle St.- $104.49

W. 69th St.- $237.06

These are VERY cool and I have wanted one for a while now!

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Keep Chicago Clean - No Littering Sign- $260.33

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-original-KEEP-CHICAGO-CLEAN-No-LITTERING-Street-Sign-metal-18-/160981093085?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&nma=true&si=BGnqwYOCc4zz%252BnirpMxpi3IGmZ8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

Keep Chicago Clean - No Littering Sign- $100.00 ***Someone STOLE this one!!! (Wish that it would have been me!)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-CHICAGO-STREET-SIGN-/121051531087?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2f3bc74f&nma=true&si=BGnqwYOCc4zz%252BnirpMxpi3IGmZ8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Jeff_Weiner (---.sub-75-207-22.myvzw.com)
Date: March 06, 2013 02:53PM

SJMR asked:

When did they change the street signs from black letters on yellow back ground? My neighbor gave me a street sign that has our street name as a street not an avenue. Was that when they made the change? What year was that?

It was mostly in the 1970's, to comply with the Federal Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (you can Google it, and D/L copies of the manual, BTW). It is a standard called D-3-1. The large signs you see on signal mast arms are called D-3-2's.

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 21, 2013 01:04AM

Check out these old street signs for Jackson Blvd. & Franklin. What era are they from?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Historic-Downtown-Chicago-Street-Sign-Jackson-Franklin-Sears-Tower-Antique-/380602897318?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589db353a6

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: SlickPoetry (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: March 21, 2013 01:30PM

Berwyn Frank Wrote:
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> Check out these old street signs for Jackson Blvd.
> & Franklin. What era are they from?
>
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Historic-Downtown-Chicago-
> Street-Sign-Jackson-Franklin-Sears-Tower-Antique-/
> 380602897318?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589db3
> 53a6


I'm not an expert on this and could very well be wrong, but the fact that those signs are one sided and have the odd bracketing system on the non-printed side suggests to me they may have been mounted to a building. In which case they may not have been official city-issued street signs, but rather a sign put up by the owner of the building on that corner.

If my theory is true I think the value of the signs would be way less than $2500. But again I could be completely wrong.

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: JimboS (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: March 22, 2013 03:01PM

This is an ineresting photo on ebay claiming it's from 1959.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicago-Best-Political-Cush-Job-Dusting-City-Signs-Bill-Marszewski-1959-Photo-/260986693292?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cc404e6ac[/img]
I was under the impression these signs were not installed until the 70's



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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: b.a.hoarder (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: March 22, 2013 04:34PM

I think that is a valid claim, it is a Chicago Park District street sign in Douglas Park. CPD signs were a different color at that time and a B&W photo won't show it's true colors of brown and white. The sign reads Sacramento Dr. which was a Park designation, there is also Sacramento Ave. and Blvd.

I just noticed the pole with the cement base, and it's motif of milkweed and cat-tails. That was a different time, when small details like that meant something in America. Today it seems like utilitarian is the norm all too often.



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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Jeff_Weiner (---.sub-75-207-90.myvzw.com)
Date: March 22, 2013 04:37PM

JimboS Wrote:
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> This is an ineresting photo on ebay claiming it's
> from 1959.
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicago-Best-Political-Cus
> h-Job-Dusting-City-Signs-Bill-Marszewski-1959-Phot
> o-/260986693292?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cc40
> 4e6ac
> I was under the impression these signs were not
> installed until the 70's

It looks like it [u]might[/u] have been in a park, which would mean these may have been under Chicago Park District control up to 1959, when the City took over the boulevards. As I understood it, the Park District was the first agency in the City to use the aluminum sign, with brown backgrounds and white letters, but since this is a B&W picture, it isn't clear if that is the case. However, the aluminum ladder makes me think it may be a more-recent picture, not 1959, since wooden ladders seemed to be the norm back in the 50's and 60's.

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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: JimboS (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: March 22, 2013 07:06PM

The city did put up some decorative Light posts recently as you can see by these pictures of Jackson Blvd(by Ashland)



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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: JimboS (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: March 23, 2013 01:04AM

In regards to the Jackson and Franklin sign on ebay - I was going through the photos on Chicagopast.com and came across a 1937 photo of Wilson and Sheridan. The Street sign depicted looks a lot like the Jackson one's construction, so maybe it is a real Official Chicago sign.




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Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Jeff_Weiner (---.sub-75-225-3.myvzw.com)
Date: March 23, 2013 11:50AM

JimboS Wrote:
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> In regards to the Jackson and Franklin sign on
> ebay - I was going through the photos on
> Chicagopast.com and came across a 1937 photo of
> Wilson and Sheridan. The Street sign depicted
> looks a lot like the Jackson one's construction,
> so maybe it is a real Official Chicago sign.
> http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8093/8581960240_8733
> d05352.jpg

Looks like they are an older version of the Park District's boulevard signs.

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