Old street signs
Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Bob2166 (---.dsl.emhril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 26, 2013 01:00AM

I have no information on the old street signs other than that I saw a picture in this thread of the streets signs for the intersection of 30th & Kenneth. I lived at 3006 South Kenneth in the 70's. The house is no longer there - a fire destroyed it in the late 80's.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 15, 2013 02:30AM

Some sold signs:

S. Throop St.- $250.50


W. 51st St.- $153.50


N. Austin Av.- $257.00


S. Millard Av.- Best offer accepted (Under $125)


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/15/2013 02:34AM by Berwyn Frank.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: WayOutWardell (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 20, 2013 10:32PM

I finally remembered to ask:

How are streetlights numbered? I've seen what I assume are older streetlights that have numbers painted on them - saw some in Jackson Park today, on poles that were painted grey. The numbers were in yellow on a black background and seemed to correspond to the block number and a sequence.

On Cornell Ave., for instance, they look like:
65 65
11 12, etc.

Is this numbering system still used?

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: JimboS (---.chi.clearwire-wmx.net)
Date: May 20, 2013 10:45PM

Does anyone out there have any info/pictures of the BLVD signs of the 50-60's. Supposedly there were Brown Boulevard signs, but I can only locate pictures of the Yellow ones. Were thes signs the same one's with bent edges and just painted brown or were they flat? I know they were under park district control, but I still can't locate any info. I have one person who says the sign at AUgusta Blvd and Pulaski was brown in the 60's.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: tomcat630 (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: May 24, 2013 03:35AM

I remember the dark BLVD signs too! Used to ride on Augusta and Austin Bl's alot with parents.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ATS1999 (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 10, 2013 11:38PM

I also remember those brown signs on Diversey Blvd.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ATS1999 (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 11, 2013 12:36AM

On second thought , I believe Diversey was and is a parkway and avenue. I thought I remember seeing brown signage but that was a long time ago.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 19, 2013 01:03AM

Saw a W. Montana street sign

Also saw N. Station street sign

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/2015 07:27PM by ChicagoHal.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 24, 2013 08:03PM

Street Sign Update

S. Wallace St.- $135.00


N. Hermitage Ave.- $127.50


N. Levitt St.- $166.38


Keep Chicago Clean 1960s Sign- $250.00


Keep Chicago Clean 1960s Sign- $92.00 (very cheap!) This one is headed to my house!


Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Frankenberg (---.socal.res.rr.com)
Date: June 28, 2013 07:38PM

Can anybody help me find information on Harry M. Frankenberg, later to be known as :\"Count Yogi", the great golfer and entrepenure out of Chicago's past from 1912 to 1948? He still holds the worlds lowest competitive scoring record that was at Bunker Hill Golf Course in 1934 in the Chicago Open Champioship, playing with Al espinosa from Sportsman's, and Terry McGovern. More testimonials and feats located at: [www.countyogigolf.com] Would love to have some help in saving and preserving this legacy of one of Chicago's greatest sons.

Also what is now there where 13th and Robey used to be? Count Yogi remembers growing up there in thw 1920's and 30's with the likes of boxing legend Barney Ross, Jack Ruby, the Joyce family; John the US Senator, Patrick the Cop, and "piggy" the gangster?


Re: Old street signs
Posted by: JimboS (---.chi.clearwire-wmx.net)
Date: June 29, 2013 05:31PM

Robey Street was changed to Damen av in 1927.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: July 09, 2013 01:17AM

Berwyn Frank Wrote:
. . .
> Keep Chicago Clean 1960s Sign- $92.00 (very
> cheap!) This one is headed to my house!


If anyone knows who purchased the N. Station street sign, I'm interested in it.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/09/2013 01:17AM by ChicagoHal.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 16, 2013 12:25AM

Sold Street Sign Update:

S. Morgan Av.- $135.00


S. State St.- $390.00


W. Cermak Rd.- $166.38


W. 71st St.- $100.00


S. Wood St.- $180.27


N. California Av.- $142.09


W. 81st St.- Seller pulled it down and sold them offline.


S. Marshfield Av.- Seller pulled it down and sold them offline.


N. Wells St.- $203.45


S. Pulaski Rd.- $173.00


N. Wabash Av.- $250.00


S. Kedzie Av.- $166.38


Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Berwyn Frank (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 11, 2013 02:58AM

More Sold Signs

N. Ionia Av.- $172.00


S. Millard Av. (Damaged)- $100.00


N. Ravenswood Av.- $317.00


N. Rutherford Av.- $167.50


W. Wellington Av.- $142.38


Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: September 11, 2013 10:23AM

[b]I saw online somewhere a picture of a street sign " 47th pl. & District blvd?. . Anyone know about this one???[/b]

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: b.a.hoarder (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: September 11, 2013 12:08PM

Richard, north of 47th and west of Pulaski is the Crawford Industrial District and the streets there that have the Blvd. designation are shown as private streets. I believe that area was annexed by the city many years ago, so I would think the city maintains and plows those streets, but I do not know for sure.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: PKDickman (---.lightspeed.cicril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 11, 2013 04:10PM

Richard Stachowski Wrote:
> I saw online somewhere a picture of a street sign
> " 47th pl. & District blvd?. . Anyone know about
> this one???

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q3nO7c9TXs]District Blvd fire youtube[/url]

Text from the youtube video

Extra alarm fire of the Cities Services Plant, L. Fish Furnature Warehouse on May 27, 1973, along with many other large factory's & warehouse. Fire was one of Chicago's largest fires in Chicago's history. The location is just south of I-55 between Pulaski & Cicero Aves. on the southwest side of the city.
Video only, NO audio!

From the trib
Fish's general office and warehouse at 4242 W. 42nd Pl.

Other sources indicate that District Blvd is an alternate name for 42nd Place, which doesn't make sense because it parallels 47th unless it turns into Kolmar

District Boulevard (Pvt), 4220S 4000 to 4558W. Street runs through the community of Archer Heights which was known as Archer Road District before 1900.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: September 11, 2013 07:45PM

[b]I was looking for an old yellow and black letter sign on one was 47th place the other District blvd. It seemed like it was near some industrial section like end of a block.[/b]

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 03, 2014 06:50PM

Frank, you fell asleep on the job.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/2015 07:28PM by ChicagoHal.

Re: Old street signs
Posted by: ChicagoHal (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 03, 2014 07:01PM

Bunch of green ones sold on ebay.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/2015 07:29PM by ChicagoHal.

Home | Columns | Articles | Features | Links | Forum | Mission Statement | Staff | Media & Press | Maps | FAQ | Contact