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Children's crossing in Cyprus

Cyprus is no destination for people loving a nicely drawn children's crossing sign. Our first find from the Y2K (I'm still feeling the thrill of the bug) did not give any reason to happiness, and neither did more recent finds.

The first board features two weird creatures. Are we looking at a father with child and is the child trying to escape? Is it abducted? Are we warned not to hit any extra-terrestrial pedestrians? Who shall tell.

Related finds:

Paphos, X.2000; pict. G. Vermeersch
 
The Children's crossing signs proper fall apart into two groups.
In the first group the boy is taller than the girl and he steers her from behind. It's a configuration found in several European countries (e.g. Belgium, Portugal, France). The sign comes in two versions. The type a girl prefers kind of a page boy style. Type b features a girl with a poney-tail like in the listed countries.
 
Group Ia Group IIa Group IIb
Koilani, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Kentington cliffs, 19.IV.2008;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Paphos, 14.IV.2008;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
 
In the second group it's the girl who is the boss. She shows the way. This design also comes in two versions with a different haircut each: again a poney-tail and a page-boy style. Type b with the Prussian cross is identical to the most common sign in Germany. She arrived here with her father who's a Man at Work in Lemesos. Type IIa resembles the British drawing except for the girl's head which is a featureless dot in Great Britain.
Group Ia Group Ib Great Britain
Paphos, 14.IV.2008;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Deryneia, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
 

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