The 1910s was a time when car ownership was beginning to increase, but road infrastructure and signposting was somewhat neglected by state governments. This was true even in Southern California, which was crisscrossed by a number of privately-built auto trails, which were often lacking any signage at all. This gap was filled by the Automobile Club of Southern California (ACSC). The club erected its own signage to guide motorists throughout the region. Their signs featured a distinct diamond shape, with text in blue block letters. The club’s bell logo with the words “AUTO. CLUB SO. CAL.” appeared in the bottom point of the diamond. In order to maximize the signs’ durability, they were made of steel, with a porcelain enamel finish.
This ACSC sign is a replica of one that would have been posted along the Inland Route in Fallbrook. It points the way to San Diego and San Marcos to the left, and San Bernardino and Los Angeles to the right. Both directions are indicated with fletched arrows that are rather more fanciful than what you’d see on modern signing! Our ACSC sign replicas let you obtain an great piece of decor for your home or office, but avoid the time and expense of finding and getting your hands on an original.
Our replica Fallbrook Inland Route sign is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. It has a glossy, non-reflective finish that is nearly identical to the original’s porcelain finish. It’s durable enough you can install it outdoors, even under the intense sun of Southern California. It also includes two convenient mounting holes for easy installation. We offer it in the following sizes:
- a scaled down 12-inch-square version (about 17 inches up and down between the points)
- the actual-size 18-inch-square version (about 25½ inches up and down between the points)
Want a sign just like this for a different set of destinations? Or maybe you need a different size than the two listed above? Or any other type of road sign, past or present, from anywhere in the country? We can do it! Get started on your custom order today—all you need to do is contact Jake!