Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

Command Traffic Lights

When the traffic light was first introduced, folks had no idea what those colors meant. In order to educate people, words were printed on the colors. These were called Command Traffic Lights. As you can see in this model from the 1930′s,  green is “go,” yellow is “caution” and red is “stop.”

When I saw this Command Traffic Light at the Classical Gas Museum in Embudo, NM, it occurred to me that it is time to bring them out of the museums and install them back on the street. I think it’s time to remind people that yellow is not just a paler shade of green, and red does not mean time to gun it.

The Museum is located at 1819 Highway 68 in Embudo. Johnnie Meier is open most days, but best to give him a call at 505-852-2995 before you come.

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