Given the distance to Tracy, Stockton and Sacramento, I'd say that photo was taken somewhere in or near Manteca, CA.
Is that Mack?
Would this vehicle be yellow with black trim ?
I have read that before AAA put up road signs there were none on any of the roads & highways.
Note that the "L" irons and saddles have been removed. That top is never folded down.
There's a few marks in the left sky area but that is one crystal clear photo. Glass negative?
Aaron, while there would be plenty of exceptions, in the main, prior to
automobiles and "better roads", few people did long distance travel by
road. This was the domain of the railroad in the 19th century. And when
people DID travel by road, it was a town-to-town, asking along the way
for directions kind of thing. But by-and-large, most people did not travel
very far from home to where road signs were needed.
The negative could be glass, or it could be film. The short depth of field indicates it was shot with a large format camera. A big negative made with the high quality lens of a large format camera makes for a sharp photo.
See the fittings along the sides for carrying the posts. Must have had to climb over them.
I'll bet it was taken in Galt. The original Lincoln Hwy. went through there. Notice Lincoln Highway at the top of the sign. That sign would bring big bucks now days.
It must be further south than Galt. It's only 27 miles from Galt to Sacramento, not the 75 miles indicated on the sign.
1918 Fireman's Fund Map Book page 35.
With 20 miles between Tracy and Stockton, this sign would be 5 miles west of Tracy at the Y to Bethany. The double line is the main highway ( Lincoln Hwy).
Henry.. I don't find Manteca on the map!!!
Hahaha. I don't know the history of Manteca, but I suppose it was a latecomer to the map.
Actually, look closer at the map you posted. Manteca is shown near the lower right corner.
I had heard that the original name was spelled Monteca. The name was apparently misspelled on a train ticket or schedule as Manteca. Spanish for lard. I wonder what Monteca meant?
I think Layden has the location just about nailed.
Dang! Tools of the trade have not changed much at all. The steel bar, myself and my supervisor had accidents involving those and we were told to make them disappear. So it is on the back of the barn.
When I went to work for NCDOT in 1992 the wood post was giving way to the metal uchannel post that was designed to break away when hit. So sledge hammers or our Hydraulic post drivers and pullers became the tool of the trade. Only time we used the hand diggers were for the historical markers.
Who knew that 90 years later the updated freeway route through this area (205 & 580 just below the highlighted Lincoln Highway) would become a parking lot? For those of you unfamiliar with the area, that location is a TERRIBLE commute, packed to a standstill pretty much every morning. I'm soooo glad I'm retired and don't need to mess with it anymore!