Bronze Safety Sidewalk Marker

Pepsi ~ Cola

1930’s


I purchased a few dozen from a contractor that replaced a sidewalk that these were in. They are used. He removed them in 1966 from the sidewalk adjacent to Highway A1A in Royal Palm Beach Florida. Some have slight green surface oxidation patina (Easily removed), and there is some noticeable wear from being walked on for 30 or so years. But they don't get more genuine than this!

Here are photos of two typical markers from the batch. The others in the batch are similar to these. I am showing two typical ones, because I want you to see that the patina & wear vary slightly from one to another. They all have slight defects, but they are all in good condition and the quality is typical of these two.

 

This heavy bronze casting is 3 inches in diameter. It has a 2 inch long hook sprag on the back to set it into wet concrete when the sidewalk is poured. Pepsi supplied these to areas near schools and high pedestrian traffic for sidewalk safety markers in the 1930’s. It would sit flush with the top of the sidewalk, and provide a permanent marker for separating pedestrians from motorized traffic, and at bus and streetcar stops. Schools would use them as cue up points to form a line for the bus.

Here is a shot of the edge of the same two markers showing the green surface oxidation patina and slight warpage. There is a "nip" at the edge of the one on the right rim that can't be seen from the front. This is typical of the one you will receive.


Most of the surviving markers like these were removed during WWII for the metal. Any that made it into collections are usually slightly worn on the top.

They were removed in 1966 from the sidewalk adjacent to Highway A1A in Royal Palm Beach Florida. Some have slight green surface oxidation patina (Easily removed with Brasso or Tarnex), and there is some visible wear from being walked on for 30 or so years. Also minor scratch marks along the edge and insignificant warpage hardly noticeable, nicks and minor marks from using a tool to remove the cement from around the mounting sprag and some minor scrapes. Remember, these were in a sidewalk for over 30 years. They are not in perfect condition! However they are in surprisingly good shape for being used. None are cracked or broken. It was pointed out to me that some collectors prefer the item exactly as it was found. So we are leaving the green tarnish on the marker. It takes about 3 minutes with Tarnex or Brasso and fine steel wool to remove it. Below is a “Before” and After” photo using this method of a typical one from the batch. It is your option to remove the “age patina” as some collectors refer to it as. Note the minor gouge at the bottom.
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 It’s heavy, 2 Lbs shipping weight. Buyer pays priority mailing depending on Zip code.

You are getting One.  Two are shown so you can see the Variances.

 
Esnarf Item . #6600 Price . . . . $76.85

 

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