Farewell Favorites: Vintage Traffic Signals

The brilliance of these lights is that they signal the traffic even if you are going the wrong way down the street! In San Francisco, you couldn't say you weren't warned.

Vintage Traffic Signals from the 1930s-1950s are disappearing with progress. The TV series Streets of San Francisco and The Lineup are excellent archives of these details and other street acoutrement such as police call boxes, phone booths, phone booths, and train switches. San Francisco is itself a work of art. Mister SF's photo series marks the death of a small detail, perhaps. But, as with all great art, every brush stroke matters.

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Detail II
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Detail IV
Detail V: Wired Memories
Detail VI: Historic Street Lamps
Detail VII: Miracle Art

Detail VIII: Freeway Revolt

Copyright 2004 Hank Donat
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