George Washington National Highway, one of America’s historic highway pole markers and signs, from a book of auto trails published in 1921. (When printed, the design will have a slightly distressed or aged appearance.)
→ All proceeds go to the non-profit organization, The Pursuit of History. More on that below.
Before the interstate highway system, there were "auto trails," often marked by painting colored stripes on the telephone or electrical poles along the road. As regions realized the economic benefit of auto travelers, they added catchy names and promoted these routes to travelers. Our friends at American Business History Center, who provided this image, have an excellent article on the history of auto trails.
See our collection of shirts with 18 different historic highway pole markers and we have a print with 48 historic highway pole markers and signs.
Available exclusively from The Pursuit of History. See below for more information on the non-profit organization that will receive all proceeds from the sale of this print.
The shirt: Your choice of fabrics and colors:
- Safari green - 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt. Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 5.4 oz Your best choice if you're looking for a 100% Made in the USA shirt. S- 3X. See size chart.
- Yellow - 100% American grown cotton 5.5 oz shirt. If you judge t-shirt quality based on weight, get this one. It's our softest 100% cotton shirt. Garment-dyed. See size chart.
- Grey v-neck - Printed on a 4.3 oz polycotton shirt, slightly distressed on the neckline and hemline, and contrast dyed to create vivid hues. See size chart. See size chart.
- Shirts are printed both sides. Front shows the highway pole marker. Back shows a small America's Summer Roadtrip logo.
Visit 12 historic sites on America's Summer Roadtrip
On August 1, 2020 we did live broadcasts from 12 historic sites across the country, and we recorded all the tours. Read more and view the videos at AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org.
All proceeds go to The Pursuit of History, a non-profit organization
The Pursuit of History is the non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through unique annual events, including History Camp, and through video and other online content.
Our thanks to Gary Hoover, Founder and Executive Director of the American Business History Center for making this image available.