Willis Lamm's
Traffic Signal Collection

Crouse-Hinds, Part Three


The end of the '50s heralded the end of the art deco era. Crouse-Hinds started producing the Type M, a more modern looking signal with a simpler latch mechanism. The Type M was followed by the Type R in the '70s and eventually a polycarbonate signal.

Note: Clicking each image will bring up a new page that illustrates the restoration and details of each type of signal.

Type M 4-Ways

The Type M was Crouse-Hinds' last model that was produced in both single faced and 4-way configurations. Polished aluminum reflectors were standard. The hinges were still hidden but instead of dual thumb latches, the doors were latched with more commonly used wing nuts. The doors were thicker and gave the signal a "stockier" profile. The Type-M 4-way still had Crouse-Hind's trademark tapered bottom plate however both the top and bottom plates were flatter, slightly shortening the overall length of the signal. Click on each photo to see additional views and details of each signal.

Type M Single Face

The Type M single face signal was a sleek successor to the type DT Art Deco signals. This signal in the collection had a fourth section added to display a protected left turn.

Type R

The Type R was more conventional in design and more closely resembled the other signals being manufactured at the time. The signals featured external pin type hinges, wing nut latches, and visors that mounted flush against the signal door. Type R construction was still quite sturdy and these were nice looking, durable signals.

CH Poly

Crouse-Hinds never truly entered the age of polycarbonate signals however for a while a company named Chapel Hill produced a signal that resembled Crouse-Hinds's Type R under their "CH" brand.

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