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Children's crossing on St Maarten

Cole Bay, 26.XII.2006; pict. Baeten & De Dier
Our samples do suggest that Children's Crossing signs are bought from several suppliers on two continents.

The first sign comes from the Netherlands where it's very common. The reasons for this choice are easy to understand, but better products are on the market even for people who prefer ugly roadside ornaments (see below).

The second find is a modern version of sign we've seen in Washington: an atletic boy makes it clear that the SLOW is a command and not meant as a description.

The drawing confirms my observation from Canada: modern roadsigns show no clothing (unless he's wearing a spandex suit; but then he must be the proverbial exception).

Philipsburg, 25.XII.2006; pict. Baeten & De Dier
Both, German and Dutch, designs are a pain to look at. But if a choice between one of them is inevitable (which is almost never true) then it's better to go for the German version. Both drawings are almost identical, but the Germans improved theirs with a depression between the shoulders, thus reducing chances of a child losing the head.

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