Chrysler Building and Traffic Statue, 1932

Chrysler Building and Traffic Statue, 1932
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East 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue with view of Chrysler Building and Bronze Statue of Mercury atop a traffic light, 1932. These traffic lights replaced the Traffic Towers that had controlled vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow on Fifth Avenue since 1922. Joseph H. Freedlander, who had designed the original Traffic Towers was commissioned this time to design a simple bronze lightpost to stand on the corners, with streamlined detailing, red and green lights and a gold-leafed bronze figure of Mercury on top. They were all removed by 1964. Of the 104 Bronze figures of Mercury that graced Fifth Avenue from 8th to 59th Street, only 3 are known to have survived.

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