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In the 1950s, these yellow and black signs showing the cross streets appeared in Manhattan. When the DOT replaced them with vinyl and metal signs beginning in 1964, the yellow and black color scheme was retained.

Photo courtesy Larry Rogak.

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4 Responses to 1950s MANHATTAN SIGNS

  1. Ben Klein says:

    As a lover of all things old in New York, I love these signs! I collect snapshots of old architecture, cemeteries, storefronts, pretty much anything that catches my interest. Thanks for posting this! And I love the website!

  2. Tom says:

    Any idea what happens to the old signs after the DOT decides to change to something new? Did they toss them out or did they end up in storage somewhere?

  3. andy says:

    Remember them well. The signs were far easier to read than the older blue humpback style featured in the previous posting, because they were bigger and brighter. These signs were not found all over Manhattan – but were used on Broadway, Fifth Ave., First Ave/., Third Ave., Ninth Ave., Tenth Ave., and Bowery. Interesting feature was the smaller lower rectangle with the name of the intersecting street, something never copied today.

  4. Steven G. says:

    I have one labeled as “1 AVE AND E. 86 ST.”

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