Summer is here and many of us want to hit the road for a vacation and what comes to mind is the famous 'Mother Road'. or Route 66.
Although Route 66 was deactivated in favor of Interstate 40 in the early 1970s, there are still parts of the Road, some in large sections that run parallel to the modern highway.
After a cross country trip, why not a sign to help you remember your vacation?
If you take a look at eBay, you will see a large number of 'authentic Route 66' signs, when in reality some of them, if any, are real. Most are made of original molds and reformulated in tin or steel.
So some things to look for. We have all seen modern road signs and they are quite large. plus 24×24. If you see a sign of 'Route 66' Authentic & # 39; smaller than that, is likely to be false.
However, some of the signs were minor, but they were of the 1930s shield type and made of large caliber steel, and very few of them survived and, if they did, are in collections.
When you find a 24×24 signal, look for it. Are you worn out? Nicked? A signpost & # 39; shadow & # 39; on the back of years sitting outside? Also note the mounting holes. The road crew were harsh with these signals, as treating them as a collectible was the farthest thing from their minds.
Mounting holes should show signs of chips and scratches where the screws holding the signal in place have been installed and removed.
Don't let reflective ink fool you, some signs did it, some didn't.
When you look at the plate and the back, look at the edges, are they worn and dirty or shiny metal?
Other factors like stains, drip marks should come down, this is especially important in Kansas Sunflower signs. There are many out there, but they are a road 99 upside down. Remember that Route 66 only traveled 3.7 kilometers; therefore, although there are signs of Kansas, they are rare.
Therefore, if you are unable to inspect the sign yourself, ask the dealer to show the back or edges and close the mounting holes.
Sometimes people sell 'US', which is new, old stock, but don't be fooled, finding a stock of Route 66 signposts in a deserted Highway Signpost store no longer happens.
All of the above tips apply to most signs, some of the signs have been mounted on the large green planks above the overpass and may not have many signs of wear, but with age, and the aluminum side elements should look cloudy in appearance. .
If you come across an authentic sign, be prepared to spend some money, however, most can be between $ 300 to $ 1000 and competition on eBay can be fierce.
In the next article, I will show you how to identify a false signal from the Route 66 reflector.