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Sign Gang: 1925

Sign Gang: 1925

San Francisco, 1925. "California State Automobile Association. Setting sign for Golden Gate Park Conservatory." Before there were state or federal highway departments to do the job, it was the auto clubs that put up road signs. 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.


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Road signs history in the Netherlands

In our country we had a similar history for placing road signs. They have been placed in the beginning by the Dutch Tourist Association, the ANWB. Interesting is that they started in 1883 as the Nederlandsche Vélocipèdisten-Bond (Dutch Velocipedes Association), renamed in 1885 in Algemene Nederlandse Wielrijdersbond or ANWB (General Dutch Bicyclists' Association), which changed its name in 1905 officially into the Koninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond (Royal Dutch Tourist Club), which made the letters ANWB from then on meaningless. In 1898 a similar organisation especially for automobilists was formed, the N.A.C. (de Nederlandse Automobiel Club, or Dutch Automobile Association), in 1913 the Association got the predicate "Royal", and was hence named K.N.A.C. Koninklijke Nederlandse Automobiel Club (Royal Dutch Automobile Association) from then on. K.N.A.C was one of the founding members of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Nevertheless, the road signs for motorists have been placed during decades by the ANWB.

Especially for bicyclists ANWB placed so-called "mushroom signs".

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No Parking

In the 1970s I remember seeing porcelain-enamel NO PARKING signs along the curb in Redwood City with the CSAA diamond at the bottom.

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