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Children's Crossing Signs in Mauritius

Ferney, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (1)
Triolet, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (2)
Chamarel, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (3)

Mauritius may be small but it shows a rich diversity in its traffic signalisation. We've seen it with the rock and worker's signs and we see it repeated with the children's signs.

It is sad that much of the foreign influence is driving the design in the direction of icon-like and featureless drawings.


The Ferney find (1) is one hunderd percent Great Britain. It is exported to many countries (f.e. Egypt, Iran, South Africa, etc.) without much variation.

The Triolet find (2) is a local interpretation of the same sign and may be influenced by the find from Chamarel (3). The latter is import from France and adapted for left hand driving situations.

Poste de Flacq, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (4)
Poste de Flacq, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (4)
Port Louis, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (5)

Both signs (4, 5) are most interesting, because they stem from the early times of road signage. The open triangle meant danger. The kind of hazard to expect was then specified below. An identical sign to (4) can be found in Trinidad & Tobago.

Find (5) is most remarkable: it is the only sign which is shaped like an arrowhead.

Notice that on both signs the children are wearing headgear: the girl a hat, the boy a cap.

In Great Britain the newer design (1) which replaced the old one (5) came in use after 1963.

Souillac, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (6)
Mahébourg, xi.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier – (7)

The Souillac panel (6) may be derived from (1) — the position of the feet is telling —, but shows no hint about gender of the creatures and could easily be the result of choosing once again the cheapest contractor.
No need to waste many words on this (7): a girl with a beret led by a frog?
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