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Children's Crossing Signs in France
|Pernes-les-fontaines (Vaucluse); VII.2002; pict. C. Vanhercke||Creully (Normandie); VIII.1998; pict. J. Cornellier|
|When I saw both pictures on the first row
for the first time, I was not sure if they could qualify for the collection.
But after a short deliberation it's beyond doubt that they do,
1) The panel is a warning sign,
2) showing two persons walking
3) and the (or one of the) objects carried is clearly a book-bag and not a shopping basket.
|Both panels have in common that the people are walking in a direction perpendicular
to the panel. This is remarkable: an attempt to escape from their two-dimensional environment.
We have a similar case in the father with child from Hungary and a mother with offspring from Belize. All other children are limited to a flat world.
|+ In my opinion an example of mother with
child. The female person holds a shopping basket, the boy his bookbag.
+ The boy wears a beret, or is it a tammy with pompon? Find another boy with beret in Austria.
|+ Both persons are of the same sex
(at least they dress as such). I don't remember another similar case in the
collection. I am still in dubio about some children
from Argentina and adults from
+ Pay attention to the feet. The children don't walk above or on the baseline. They walk in the baseline. The pavement softly retracts and molds around the young feet. Visit the Azores for a similar feature on the crime scene and where the baseline is perforated below the feet.
|Pont-Croix (Bretagne); VII.2000; pict. T. Defoort|
|Good old rural France.
You asked for a traffic sign? Find a sponsor.
The same thing happened in Madagascar where the Rotary Club donated. However on this French sign the announcement is fully integrated: a very sought after item. I was able to photograph it twice!
|The sky turns blue; birds start singing and the burden of the camera is forgotten. Emotions flood the roadsign-spotter.|
|The children below are from southern France and
prove that hairdressers throughout the country
got ferm instructions.
Memorize your road signs and at the blink of your eye you know where you are. A real benefit of collecting traffic signs.
|Visit Spain, Belgium or many other countries and observe their national hairstyle. Monsieur Jean will gladly help you on the subject.|
|Tarbes, 1995||Adour, V.1995||Masseret, VII.2011; pict. H. Van Herck|
|The sign was replaced by the faceless modern display only few months later.||Notice the boy.
He's wearing long trousers in Tarbes, but short ones with sport socks elsewhere.
|everywhere||Narbonne, V.2003; pict. Baeten & De Dier|
|The new omnipresent warning sign.
In recent times the French youth lost face. It happens in many countries. While many regions fight for their own identity, they loose it this way.