Unusual, Early, Iron Road Works / Man At Work Sign

Unusual, Early, Iron Road Works / Man At Work Sign


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During the 1960s England's varied and disorganised road signs underwent a dramatic overhaul with simple clear graphics and a bright red boarder - designs we recognise as the norm today. The 'man-at-work' (or man-unfolding-his-umbrella) road works sign is one of the most iconic. Designed by Kinneir and Calvert, England's roadsigns often took their inspiration from earlier, European designs - this is likely be such as example.
Difficult to date exactly, this paint-on-metal example is likely to date from the 1930s-50s. The influence on our own sign design is clear, though in this variant the man-at-work is facing the opposite direction and with a pile of earth in front and behind his shovel is less likely to be confused with an umbrella.
The sign does, as is inevitable with something that had such utilitarian purposes, suffer from some wear - dents and scratches. However the image remains clear and the paint bright. The sign is complete with it's removable stand at the rear and has a good, heavy construction.
The sign is 107.5cm high, 93cm wide and 2.5cm deep.


H: 107.5cm (42.32in)
W: 93cm (36.61in)
D: 2.5cm (0.98in)


W93.0 x H107.5 x D2.5 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture



Mid 20th Century




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