Harrington Seaberg #2

Harrington Seaberg traffic signal
Another traffic light in the kitchen. Complete with magnetic letters on the fridge courtesy of my grandson.

This signal pretty much fell into my lap. Someone contacted me through the website. Showed me a couple pictures of the light. I was figuring I’d have to make the trek to Eastern Massachusetts to get it, but lucky for me, the owner was going fishing on Lake Ontario and would pass right by me, so we met up and I took the light for a ride to it’s new home. It joined the rest of the group in September 2019. It’s signal number 21 for me if you’re keeping score at home plus it’s Harrington number two, too!!

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Harrington Seaberg Signal #2

A little bit about the company:

The Harrington-Seaberg Corporation was founded in Moline, IL in 1920 by Fred Harrington and Severin Seaberg. The original company was known as the Harrington Machine and Electric Company and they primarily manufactured fire alarm boxes.

In 1923 the company changed its name to the Harrington-Seaberg and produced a line of traffic signals and beacons. Harrington-Seaberg was bought out by the Gamewell Corporation in 1929. Gamewell also owned Eagle Signal, and Eagle distributed Harrington-Seaberg signals until it introduced the Eaglelux in the early 1930s.

Now a little bit about the signal. This signal came from Eastern Massachusetts. The guy who contacted me said he saw it in a friends barn over 20 years ago. He likes and restores old things so he got the light. Not sure how long it was in there but by the looks of it and the condition, probably was in there for quite a long time. It’s in really good shape for its age. Old lights were made to last and it could still serve some intersection well even today, except for maybe some new wiring on the outside. Like many of my lights, the wiring outside of the head is really rough, but still there for being close to 90 years old.

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Max checking out the light for any cool smells that could be on it

It’s old. It’s a bit dirty on the outside. It’s got the off the street look that I love.

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The wiring on the outside is a bit sketchy looking. Probably a bit of asbestos in the wiring. Cool huh? Still, for how old it is, not bad and it’s still there!


Lenses. Yes it has them. I couldn’t believe there were 11 Macbeth Evans lenses with it. There’s 4 STOP, 3 CAUTION and 4 GO lenses. Pretty neat to find a signal that still has them. One of the yellow lenses was replaced somewhere along the way. This lights brother, the Harrington Seaberg from Seneca Falls, NY has all 4 of it’s CAUTION lenses but only 1 each of the STOP and GO.


The glass reflectors are all in tip shop shape. A little dusty but thats about it. The original cork gaskets are all there too. They are old and dried out and falling apart, but they’re there. Not bad for an old signal really.


The inside of the light is in very good shape. It was remarkably clean on the inside. Not really any dirt or carbon build up like i’ve seen in my others. No spider webs or mouse nests either. Thats a plus.


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The bottom

The bottom of the light is there. Doesn’t look like it was ever smacked by a car like a few of my others were. Finding a new bottom is 99.999% impossible. Parts are pretty hard to come by.


It’s fall, the weather is bad, so I finally took this apart. The wiring inside was still ok for being around 90 years old, but I really didn’t want to chance it. Plus the way it was wired had all 4 yellow on together which I don’t have a controller right now that could do that. So I rewired the whole thing.


On a happiness scale it gets an A+. For someone reaching out to me, delivering it for nothing and the overall condition of it I give it that high of a grade. Plus what I paid for it that also made for the high grade. So i’ll be on the hunt for my next one and checking this out to make sure the wiring will be ok and then wire it up to something and sit back and let it do it’s thing.

Thanks for reading!!

Harrington-Seaberg Signal With Controller

Got a electronic controller for the Harrington Seaberg signal from Seneca Falls, NY. Completely rewired the signal. The old wiring was really bad. Found some replica old style cloth wiring on Amazon. It was pretty easy to work with and is close to what was in there before.

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Original cloth wiring. From the shape of it, it was more than likely what was in there when the signal was made.

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All old wiring removed, along with all the reflectors and sockets. Just a couple of screws wouldnt come out after all these years.

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Got everything rewired and assembled. There are mostly clear LED bulbs in there but a couple frosted. Never used clear before and I kind of like them.

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And the finished project today. I like the way it came out.

Harrington-Seaberg #1

I was tipped off about this signal from a fellow collector (who by the way, has some great looking signals). He spotted it on Craigslist. I contacted the seller, made arrangements to take a look at it (I already had my mind set that I was coming home with it. Trust me!) and we took a ride to see it. There were 3 photos of it on Craigslist. We both thought it was a Darley Signal like the one I got from Cleveland.

Much to our surprise, when we looked at the signal in person,  we both looked at each other. It was a Harrington-Seaberg. Welcome to the gang. May 2018.

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Max checking out dad’s new traffic signal. The Harrington Seaberg.

A little bit about the company:

The Harrington-Seaberg Corporation was founded in Moline, IL in 1920 by Fred Harrington and Severin Seaberg. The original company was known as the Harrington Machine and Electric Company and they primarily manufactured fire alarm boxes.

In 1923 the company changed its name to the Harrington-Seaberg and produced a line of traffic signals and beacons. Harrington-Seaberg was bought out by the Gamewell Corporation in 1929. Gamewell also owned Eagle Signal, and Eagle distributed Harrington-Seaberg signals until it introduced the Eaglelux in the early 1930s.

Now a little bit about the signal. This signal was from Seneca Falls, NY. The original owner of it worked for the Village of Seneca Falls. He somehow came into possession of the signal in the 1950’s. I assume he got it when they replaced it with a more
“modern signal” He had it until 2018 when a friend of his bought it from him. He put it up for sale and I purchased it.

It is a beautiful green color. Has 4 yellow command lenses (the “Caution” lenses) and 1 Stop command. Everything else in there is Crouse Hinds Smiley lenses.

It is in very good shape for being around 90 years old. There is a crack on the bottom of 1 corner and a small home in one side. The insides, besides being a bit dirty is in great shape. All the original cloth wiring looks intact. The reflectors are all glass with what looks like a copper coating with the mirror coating on top of it.

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The sockets are really neat. There’s a metal band the holds them and the reflector sits against it. Very unique design.

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Like I said, this was not what I expected but was happy to be able to save another part of history.

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This light is a favorite of my grandson. He always wants his papa to turn it on and let it cycle. I have a controller board in it currently.

Harrington Seaberg Signal