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English, circa 1933 - 1935
Max H. 38 ½” (98cm) Min H. 24 ¼” (61.5cm)Base Dia: 6” (15cm)
Stock No. 1270
It was in 1933 that the national British road signs were given definitive attributes; a red disc for prohibition, a red ring for an order and a red open triangle in a ring for warning with an order. All signs carried information plates mounted below these warnings or orders with the warnings or hazards being illustrated and a text panel below. 30 mph speed limit signs were also introduced in the Road Traffic Act of 1934. The ’T’ - shaped HALT AT MAJOR ROAD AHEAD sign was introduced in 1933. All signs were mounted on posts painted in black and white stripes. The lettering was either painted on or plastic or silk-screen self-adhesive letters were used.
Lord Hore-Belisha, remembered for his introduction of the Belisha Beacon crossing, also oversaw the introduction of the compulsory driving test for all drivers who started driving on or after 1st April 1934. Subsequently, it became imperative for all drivers to learn the road signs and the highway code in existence at the time. Road safety was also taught at schools to increase awareness of the dangers of roads and vehicles.
Hardboard was first made in England in 1898 by hot-pressing waste paper and eventually patented in the USA in 1924 by William H. Mason, a friend and protégé of the inventor Thomas Edison. Mass production of what was known as Masonite began in 1929 and used for a wide range of applications from doors and furniture to canoes.
|Height||38.50 inch||(97.79 cm)|