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Children's Crossing Signs in The Netherlands

Nijmegen, XI.1998; pict. A. Anselin Zierikzee, VII.2005
In most countries children walk, sometimes even stride (see Azores), towards school. Dutch children are in a hurry to absorb more knowledge. Or... are they leaving school? We have other signs with running children from Mexico (where both carry a bookbag) and Italy and Sarvisé, Spain (where only the boy holds a bookbag). The detail of the drawing brings the Danish specimen to our mind.

This is one of those very rare signs where children don't hold hands (another specimen in Madagascar)

The find from Zierikzee proves that time is running out for the good old fashioned sign. Our lovely characters will soon be replaced by the match-stick-monsters. But the Dutch people took at least their own kind of monster. The new drawing is different from other European faceless new designs. And all clothing was removed which is not done in the other countries (I'm not sure about Germany).

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