United States left/right arrow auxiliary sign (silver, 1948)


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At route junctions, or whenever a numbered route turns from one road onto another, drivers must be informed how to follow the route that will lead them to their destination. The usual way of indicating this in the United States is to install an arrow sign below the route marker. A separate sign panel with just an arrow on it greatly simplifies the manufacturing and inventory process. A state transportation agency may be responsible for thousands of arrow signs in their inventory, each potentially able to be paired with hundreds of different route shields of different designs. With a route marker in hand, all that is needed to assemble a junction sign is a standard arrow and cardinal direction plate.

This left/right arrow auxiliary sign is made according to the federal specifications found in the 1948 edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. This arrow sign is practically indistinguishable from the real signs that would have been posted along the roads of the era. This style of arrow sign makes a perfect complement to nearly any route marker 1956 or older (newer signs would have been seen with the 1970 arrow signs, which have slightly different dimensions, and are available in many different colors). Original 1948-style arrow signs are rarely seen on the collector’s market; although their companion route markers were often saved, the arrows and cardinal direction plates they were installed with were usually destroyed. With our replica, you can put together an authentic route marker assembly with one of our replica route shields, or even an original, should you be so lucky to own one!

Our 1948-style left/right arrow sign is printed on sturdy 14-gauge steel in the USA. It has a glossy, non-reflective finish indistinguishable from the porcelain enamel seen on route markers during this time period. It’s durable enough to be installed indoors or outdoors, for years to come. Its silver-colored background is a precise match to our replica route markers. With its pre-drilled mounting holes, installation is easy! The sign is 13 in. × 10 in., the same size as the arrows used with the 16½-in. US route markers commonly installed in the 1940s and 1950s.

Are you looking for a different style of arrow? Or perhaps another type of sign not found on our site? We would be happy to help you place a custom order! Contact Jake today to get started!


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