|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).