Monday, January 30, 2017

Signs of Distress – January 1947

Here’s an interesting little article that appeared on the front page of the Lorain Journal back on January 15, 1947 – 70 years ago this month.

Back then, the Journal was truly a Lorain paper and a watchdog too. In this article, the paper documented a few signs that were in dire need of attention and/or replacement by the Street Department.

Two are humorously mangled. One is unreadable.

The most interesting one to me is the street market that stood at 28th and Broadway that apparently had lost its lettering. The newspaper noted that “it looks like a Civil War monument.” It does!

In case you’re wondering (like me) what one of these looked like when it was readable, here’s one that somehow survived in Warren, Ohio.

Courtesy Leon Reed/flickr


Jeremy said...

There's a neighborhood in Canton, OH right off Whipple Ave south of Tuscawaras Ave that has street signs like this.

Rick Kurish said...

The old maker at 28th Street and Broadway immediately reminded me of the mile markers on the old National Road (U.S. Route 40) in Western Pennsylvania. I used to travel the road to get to the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania, and enjoyed looking for the old mile markers, and buildings along the route. The original mile markers were cast iron and were placed each mile and gave the distance from Cumberland Maryland, the starting point of the National Road, and the mileage to nearby towns along the route. There is a lot of history along Route 40 through Pennsylvania. A great fall drive!

Dan Brady said...

Hi Rick! Great observation. I'm a big fan of the National Road /US 40 and did that drive a few years ago through Pennsylvania, past Fort Necessity and the old Toll House, etc. Like you said, a great drive!