Naijauto came across an amazing photograph that recently surfaced online showing a Nigerian traffic control officer on duty back in the 1940s era.
See the photograph below;
A Nigerian policeman from the 1940s on duty, standing behind a manual traffic light device
Photograph Credit: Uyi Obaseki/Del Campe (CMS Bookshop)
Yes, there were no fancy automatic traffic control lights back then in Lagos 😊.
From the photo, you can see the policeman standing behind the manually controlled traffic management device which has a side that reads “Stop” and another side that reads “Go On”.
Back in those 1940s periods, a traffic control officer is tasked with the responsibility of rotating this manual device to indicate which set of motorists should “Stop” or “Go On” in a Lagos traffic.
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Not just in Lagos, many cities in the world also used this type of manual traffic lights in the old days. See them below!
This is the very first traffic light in 1868
Would you apply for this position in the past?
The system was then developed gradually till it's totally automatic like today
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