Late 1950s blueprint of a new kind of lamppost, with a slotted shaft, L-shaped curved neck, and new mercury luminaire. The lamps were drawn by industrial designer Donald Deskey (whose most famed account was the Radio City Music Hall interior). The first would be installed at Broadway and Murray Street near City Hall in 1958, and they would invade main avenues, side streets, parkways and expressways beginning in 1963.
One of these days I’ll put together a comprehensive Deskey lamp page on FNY.
From the Robert Mulero collection.