QEW

The QEW signs are different from the standard King’s Highway signs. In 1939, a special crown shield design was introduced for the QEW. The signs bore the lettering “ER”, a Latin abbreviation for “Elizabeth Regina” (meaning Queen Elizabeth). The signs were yellow in colour, with blue lettering. In 1955, new signs were installed on the QEW, removing the old “ER” letter combination. The new signs had the acronym “QEW” in blue lettering on a fluorescent yellow background. Around 1997, the MTO began replacing the fluorescent yellow QEW signs with new signs which had a deep yellow-orange background colour. The font of the lettering was redesigned and the blue colour was made slightly lighter. The dimensions of modern (post-1955) QEW signs are 64 cm by 45 cm (25 5/8” by 18”, at the widest point). The exact dimensions of the pre-1955 QEW signs are not known at this time. The following photos depict a QEW sign from 1940, a QEW sign from the 1970s, and a recent QEW sign:

QEW

The QEW signs are different from the standard King’s Highway signs. In 1939, a special crown shield design was introduced for the QEW. The signs bore the lettering “ER”, a Latin abbreviation for “Elizabeth Regina” (meaning Queen Elizabeth). The signs were yellow in colour, with blue lettering. In 1955, new signs were installed on the QEW, removing the old “ER” letter combination. The new signs had the acronym “QEW” in blue lettering on a fluorescent yellow background. Around 1997, the MTO began replacing the fluorescent yellow QEW signs with new signs which had a deep yellow-orange background colour. The font of the lettering was redesigned and the blue colour was made slightly lighter. The dimensions of modern (post-1955) QEW signs are 64 cm by 45 cm (25 5/8” by 18”, at the widest point). The exact dimensions of the pre-1955 QEW signs are not known at this time. The following photos depict a QEW sign from 1940, a QEW sign from the 1970s, and a recent QEW sign:

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