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Children's Crossing Signs in Austria

Innsbruck, x.1998; pict. A. Anselin
Innsbruck, x.1998; pict. A. Anselin
Innsbruck, x.1998; pict. A. Anselin

Both drawings are small variations of a design that is very similar to the most common Children's Crossing sign in Belgium.
Notice the beret of the boy. This is a nice touch.

Stockach, viii.2005; pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Innsbruck, x.1998; pict. A. Anselin
Haselgehr, viii.2005; pict. B. Hoeyberghs

A roadsign needing a caption to clarify the meaning is not a good roadsign. The creatures are clearly adults and very static. The only danger they could pose to traffic is that the lady looses her balance.

Other countries, like Costa Rica, Brazil, or Alaska, sometimes also show adults but then at least have the decency to supply them with a bookbag.

More about roadsigns with captions in Alaska and the U.S.A. who could per­haps redirect some of their super power into roadsign improvement.

A splendid drawing with remarkable detail. Notice the eyes, the fingers, the dog collar, and the haircut: the quiff with a trio of upgoing strands. According to Monsieur Jean (our team's hair dresser) this style has everything to become very popular. Also notice the long trousers. It is very unusual on roadsigns and certainly in combination with a girl. Find a second example in Oman.

As a rule children shown playing on the road are boys, girls don't do this. And boys play with balls (e.g. Canada or Chile), they don't run with a dog.

The last sign on this row is sponsored by an insurance company. The trian­gular warning is included into a rectangular board. The craquelure could mean that the company was on a tight budget and that not the best kind of paint was used. Other countries with sponsored road signs are i.a. France, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

Wien, v.2022; pict. J. Breine
Wien, v.2022; pict. J. Breine

Two signs indicating a pedestrian zone. I have the impression that both radiate conflict. The man on the left takes a domineering stance and the woman looks embarrassed. On the right it is clear that the girl is not happy. She tries to tear herself away from the man. Compare this with an example from the Czech Republic where I see no such tension.

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