DONALD DESKEY STOPLIGHT

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The slotted Donald Deskey lamppost was introduced on Broadway and Murray Street in 1958, and by the early 1960s they were being installed by the thousands on main avenues, side streets, parkways and expressways. The two slots on the shaft made it adaptable to hold fixtures like curved streetlamp masts, its most frequent use, but the pole alone is also used to hold stoplights on occasion.

This entry on Lexingon Avenue and East 77th in the Upper East Side, though, is the only Deskey pole I’ve encountered yet that uses the curved streetlamp mast to hold a stoplight.

I hope they never tear it down…

12/10/12





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