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Children's crossing on Mauritius

Ferney, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Triolet, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Chamarel, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Souillac, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
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 icon direction.

The Ferney find 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 is a local interpretation of the same sign and probably influenced by the find from Chamarel. The latter is import from France and adapted for a left hand driving situation.

The Souillac shows no hint about gender of the people and could easily be the result of choosing once again the cheapest contractor. The position of the feet is telling us that it's a derivative of the first.

Poste de Flacq, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Port Louis, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Mahébourg, XI.2001;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
This very nice drawing immediately brings India to the mind. We recognize the warning triangle and the swirling purse of the girl.
Notice that this children wear a head-dress. You won't find many countries displaying such a feature: Find a boy with a beret in Austria and a girl with a hat in Madagascar.

If you feel you're up to it, you can look at a modern interpretation of this find in China where the boy holds his book in the other hand.

A frog and a princess?

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