Tower Sign and Signal, Inc caught up with John AKA – SignalFan. John is a collector of traffic signals and traffic control equipment. John resides in Iowa and has been collecting traffic equipment for almost 30 years. His website is www.signalfan.com. This Q and A session is one of many more to come. Interested in being interviewed or have questions about TSS –Contact Us.
TSS – John, the obvious question to someone who has such an extensive collection of traffic signals and traffic signs is….What one is your favorite? Why?
John – I actually have two favorites, my first is my Wiley signal from San Francisco. I love how the messages rotate with the “clunk” of the mechanical bell. My second is my Crouse-Hinds “Type D” 4-way signal with worded “command-style” lenses. I really enjoy thinking back to that earlier time when written messages, as well as color were used to convey the aspect of the signal.
TSS – What does your family think about your hobby/collection?
John – Both my parents and my wife are very supportive of my hobby. My parents witnessed the evolution of my hobby from a single signal to about 5 dozen in the garage and backyard. My wife has seen it grow to it’s present size of 101. She even has been so supportive, that I have been able to take over the entire 1,700 square foot basement to showcase the entire collection, “museum-style”.
TSS – Do you have any experiences with portable traffic signals? Do you happen to have any in your collection?
John – No, as a matter of fact I don’t at the present time. Are you interested in donating one? (laughing)
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