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Traffic Signs and Signals

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As traffic signs and signals became part of everyday life for drivers
and pedestrians, they were seen as a type of public gathering place,
and began to feature advertisements, government signage, and even
newspaper stands.

Sign on traffic stop-light in Hartford, CT, USA indicating housing
shortage, 1941.

Newsboy's stand and traffic signal light, 1942, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

The War Emergency Edition:
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
for Streets and Highways - November 1942
Because of the war's many restraints on highway travel and traffic
control in the United States, the Joint Committee on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices reconvened in May 1942 to consider revisions to the
original MUTCD. The committee agreed to a manual with emergency
standards for traffic control devices adapted to existing and foreseeable
wartime conditions.4

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