Monday, January 27, 2014

Shorpy Does Road Heritage-- Part 2

From the Jan. 21, 2014, Shorpy site. //// ROUTES: 1925. "Man with early highway signage. Washington, D.C., 1925 "No caption. Early waypoints on the road to uniform route designations and standardization of highway signs." Harris & Ewing Collection. Signs in the photo: US 623, 12 W and Okla US 56. //// COMMENTS: PHANTOM ROADS-- rvdroz: The signs are test examples as there were no US 56 or US 623 in early route plans. //// The US-56 was an early sign example for what could be used to mark the newly standardized highways. //// The US 623 sign was made by "Best Stamp Company" of Kansas City, Missouri, a maker of stamped metal objects like badges. ///// The Mass US-5 sign is still in use today. COMMENT: THE MAN: by nukjam. Thinks the man is Thomas MacDonald, chief and later commissioner of the Bureau of Public Roads. Much of today's interstate U.S. highway system and its standards are a result of his work in the first part of the 20th century. //// Mighty Interesting. --RoadDog

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