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Children's crossing signs in Argentina

north west Argentina, 1993
Ushuaia, VII.1996
Tolhuin, XII.2006;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs

Two girls? The likely precursor found in Tolhuin gives us reason to believe in two boys. In any case, I don't recognize any clear sex indicating features.
This is most unusual as children on the road are, it seems by worldwide agreement, of opposite sexes. As finds from several countries in South-America are similar it looks like this is a regional characteristic. (Read some background in Venezuela.)
One of my readers pointed out that it was custom that children in Argentina weared kind of a dust-coat at school. Thus boys and girls all looked similar and this was probably the origin of this typical and authentic drawing.

It's not always true though. Take a look at our road-signs from Vietnam (with two boys) and from France (two girls).

Ushuaia, VII.1996
Buenos Aires, VII.1996
The finds on the first row aren't exactly beauties, but they don't hurt the eye like the monstrosities encountered in 1996 and which were still around in 2006. In ten years time they seem to have evolved into more normal body proportions.

During the same time a new line hit the roads closely related to the American kind. The indigenous design will surely quietly die away. It's the fate of most things indigenous in that part of the world.

Ushuaia, II.2006
P.N. Glaciares, XII.2006;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Some of our finds from Argentina are slightly better than the original.
1) The artist, probably inspired by what he saw around him, decided to include a neck.
2) The transparency trap is avoided (read more about that in Hawaii).

The find from Los Glaciares is mirrored and is therefore adapted to a left hand side driving situation. The design comes close to the Australian drawing, though several points are different.

AustraliaArgentina
Man and womanidentical unpeople
Man's hand to armholding hands
walkingready-set-go position
no linesdashed lines
The dashed lines are difficult to interpret. It looks like someone tried to hide them. Lines, if they are drawn, are usually uninterrupted (e.g. Hawaii). Very few countries use dashed lines: e.g. The Gambia, Indonesia, Philippines.

El Calafate, XII.2006;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
More than only American forces are at work.

The roadsign from El Calafate belongs to the Mediterranean sign group (explained in Malta). Take a closer look at the head of the boy. I first thought it was just a small production flaw, but then I noticed the weird shape of the male's head in the sign from Ushuaia on the previous row. I now think that this is by purpose, perhaps to bring a bit more life into the scene.

north west Argentina, 1993
Trelew, VII.1996
Bella Vista, XII.2006;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs

Rio Grande, XII.2006;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
A single child on the way to school is only rarely seen. Argentina is special because we have found several.

Children on their own usually don't go to school. They are just playing around (e.g. Chile, Canada or Austria): mostly ball gaming, running but also playing with the dog.

Here, in Argentina, most signs of this type show children equipped with a bookbag. They are running towards (or is it from?) school. If you can trust my memory Argentina shares panels of this type only with India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar where the drawing is much nicier than here.

Puerto Iguazu, 27.XI.2014;
pict. F. T'jollyn


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