Black on white. I've not seen that for many years. Used to be very common
when I lived in Philadelphia. Now they are on the mailbox at the curb as
well as the front of the house. The town requires them for 911 calls.
on the curb are useless. Emergency people aren't
looking at the curb, and any numbers will be
dirty, covered up, or cars parked where you can't
read them. Painting numbers on the curb is a
scam. If you want people to find your address,
put the number on a clear spot on the front of
your house, or nail them on a tree, a fence, a
mailbox, but make sure that they are about at eye
Depends on where you live, I suppose. There are places where it's part
of the local zoning code. Where I am there are a lot of trees - can't
always see the front of the house, no mailboxes by the road allowed,
cars aren't allowed to park on the streets after a certain time at
night (not really a need as everyone has fairly long driveways), etc.
Emergency drivers would certainly be looking for the numbers on the
curb if they were there.
Both of my sons are fire fighters in a fairly large city and one of their
biggest peeves is folks who don't have their address's visible at the
street. One of the best places is to have them is on both sides of the drive
just as the city curb curves into the driveway, this way they can be seen
coming from either direction.
If your heart quits ticking at 3 AM you'll be glad you had them in plain
as every second counts. RM ~
PS, We just had ours redone with reflective white numbers on a green back
ground, You can't miss them. Cost me $10. We also have large brass numbers
front of house.
Huh? Just because they don't use them where you are doesn't mean they are
useless. What's useless is when the numbers are covered in ivy, or one or
two of them have fallen off, or they are brown numbers on a brown wall, or
..... well, you get the idea.
I have seen many a house where it is a time consuming hunt to find the house
And some homeowners take delight in making them hard to see.
Well they may not be useless to real estate agents
and crooks, but the painters promote them as
valuable for emergency workers. Emergency
workers have maps that will show them that it is
the 4th house from the corner on the southside, so
one doesn't have to look for numbers. Probably
the most use place for the numbers would be in
rural areas but then they probably don't have a
curbs to put the numbers on.
What gets me is how many business have not numbers
showing on their buildings. Often in looking for
an unfamiliar business address, I pas dozens of
building with none indicating a number.
Not always. In many big cities there is no parking allowed on one side or
small streets. Having been employed in my teenaged years delivering
groceries, it was common to use the curb numbers. They were in a consistent
place, unlike some house numbers on doors, next to doors, over door, on mail
boxes, on light fixtures, etc.
In the summer, it was a way for the derelicts of making a few bucks. They
would paint the numbers and ask for donations.
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