Wednesday, May 17, 2006

ye olde etobicoke street sign

While driving along Kingsway near Royal York on Saturday, came across this oddity.
Old Etobicoke Road Sign (2) Old Etobicoke Road Sign (1)

Was this a typical Etobicoke or Kingsway neighbourhood design? This combo now appears to serve as lawn decoration, as a later set of standard Etobicoke signs also mark this intersection.

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with road signs. Toronto was a smorgasbord, with the variants of the classic Toronto white sign, the differing blues of Etobicoke, York, North York and Scarborough and the green in Leaside and East York (though the later blue "EY" signs weren't a bad replacement).

Essex County was full of variations. I loved old metal signs that looked out of place with the new (rusted large signs in Anderdon, long skinny signs that barely hung onto their wooden poles in Colchester, classy black and white in St. Clair Beach, decaying Toronto-style white in Kingsville) or rural signs with lettering that either appeared to be hand-drawn (Colchester North) or punched out on a stencil (parts of Gosfield South). The weirdest, yet practical were the street markers that doubled as mini street lights in Tilbury. Time and modern safety considerations made most of these go the way of the dodo.

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