One of my all-time favorites (so far) is a Crouse Hinds Type D Art Deco Signal.
This dates from more than likely the early 1950’s (which is older than me lol)
although I’m not sure of a specific year. From what I can find, these were around $900 or so brand new.
I had seen this on Ebay and the price was outrageous. I contacted the seller, made a few offers and drove to Binghamton, NY to pick it up in September 2017.
This signal had been in this back yard for approximately 40 years. The current home owner gave me this history. The previous home owner worked for NY State as an electrician. Somehow he ended up with this in his yard. Put it up by his pool and used to control it from in the house. Green meant everything was ok and yellow, told the kids, dinner was almost ready. It has been swinging on the pole in this yard for so long the hanger was almost completely work out.
I saved it from crashing to the ground I bet. Anyway, the signal was all original. Original wiring in it, reflectors, smiley lenses everything. I really couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
Original cloth wiring inside
Original reflectors. A bit pitted and dirty, but just like when they left the factory.
All “smiley”glass lenses on each side. Pretty hard to find, let alone all on one signal.
It took a bobcat to get it down and 2 of us to get it in my car which it fit nicely. Some day, I think this will get a nice restoration job on it. Signals like this don’t come around very often so I had to have it. There are 4 that I know of still hanging in Utica also. Hopefully they dont end up scrapped if they ever come down.