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Children's Crossing Signs in Finland
Some short hints from the team fieldguide.
|If you find this sign and||then you are in|
|• it's raining and
• workmen are desperately trying to put up an umbrella
|• pumice stone is chafing your ears||Iceland|
|• the horizon is littered with piramids||Egypt|
|• workers do not wear wellingtons and
• hyenas are crossing your path
The widespread use makes this type of roadsigns close to useless as a localisation tool. Globalisation hits us again.
|This sign —found in front of Jeesiönranta junior high school -
Jeesiönrannan yläaste— is very different.
The children do not hold hands. They are running, not walking. The boy is tallest and carries a bookbag.
|Venla Väisänen wrote me:
It is located in front of the Vuotso elementary school.
The sign includes words PYSÄHDY (stop) and VARO (look out). Also a small inscription TALJA can be read. Talja was a traffic security oriented organization until the 1980's. The sign probably dates from the 1960's.
This roadsign is interesting in several aspects.
+ The general approach is very peculiar.
Usually signs are designed from the car's viewpoint. They warn for objects or people that could be in the way. This sign shows the dangerous situation: the possible victims and the target of the message. A similar approach was seen in Ireland.
|If memory serves right, this find is one of a kind:
a very nice drawing of a boy guiding a girl and the girl pushing a perambulator.
We have no reports of similar signs in any other country. We have other finds where children are shown playing, but then the toy of choice —if there is one shown— is always a ball (e.g. Great Britain, Trinidad & Tobago). On some rare occasion the ball comes with another toy: a hoop like in Costa Rica or a jump rope like in Bulgaria.