Saturday, February 12, 2005

Unknown: Villard Auto Signal Co. Semaphore

From: judith@judithwest.com

We have a Villard Auto Signal Co. semaphore device that we're unsure of whether it's for an automobile or for a railroad. It's from Rochester, NY, and still has its original red and white chevron paint (see photos). I've heard of manual turn indicators for early automobiles, but so far the car  history association folks haven't been able to identify it. We've even wondered if it were a toy piece for an oversized railroad set. Any ideas? -C

Villard Auto Signal Co. semaphore

Villard Auto Signal Co. semaphore