The only traffic light on my site that I don’t own.

My website is an outlet for me to talk about and show off my collection – All of my wearable traffic lights, all of my toys, my real ones, and my decorative signals that only come out once or twice a year. But there’s a key word in all of this: “My”. But aside from the ones on my homepage slider, there is one signal on my site that is not in my collection.

As a signal collector I will notice old, tattered, worn-out, and new signals. Some of them immediately jump out at me. Others take a few passings by. Some are striking and some are subtle. But one kind of fell in the middle. It’s the photo of the 4-way cluster that adorns the top of my site. This cluster is on West Passaic Street in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. You can see it here…

Traffic light cluster on W Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, New Jersey

I don’t know exactly what it is about this signal. I think its weathered paint, incandescent bulbs, and unreproduceable (I think I just made up a new word) patina just struck me as really cool. It shows its age but doesn’t work any differently than it did when it was put up, probably about 30 years ago.

So yea. There’s one signal that isn’t in my collection. But I’d love to add it some day and give it a good home when it retires.

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