Zurrieq, II.2004; pict. D. Frendo
Modern ugly match-stick design prevails
over the old fashioned road signs. Everywhere, from Spain to Lebanon, this
drawing spreads like wildfire. It's so sad. No wonder that so many airline
companies are forced to keep their planes grounded. Why would anyone still
want to travel if there
is exactly like here
? (Actually some people only
do set out if that is guaranteed.)
But to delve for new, different stuff is only part of a collector's life.
Most of the fun comes later. A real collector spends time and again with
organizing, sorting and re-organizing.
In the past a particular design was kept
within the national borders. Nowadays a succesful drawing can spread over
several countries giving us the opportunity to lump them together into groups.
One of those groups is the Mediterranean Sign Group.
A sign belongs to this Mediterranean Group if it fits most of the following:
- the children are of the match-stick type
- the heads hover above the shoulders, but all other body parts are connected
- the girl is a combination of hour-glass body with beauty-mirror head
(Monsieur Jean, our hair-dresser, calls it the Venus-cut.)
- the children are running
- both carry a book-bag (rectangle and trapezium) at the outside
- there is no bottomline
Panels of this group were originally only found in the Mediterranean region
(hence the name) and in countries with close relations to that region.
Men at work signs show similar behaviour (the
explained), but falling rocks are resisting any
attempt to bring them together.
Malta, 08.IV.2004; pict. T. Dixon
Gozo, 14.IV.2004; pict. T. Dixon
Not all older roadsigns are shot down yet.
We had a second spotter on the islands and she came back with two
The first coming from the main island resembles very much
some older panels from Italy.
The second find comes from Gozo. Ask people
around you about Gozo and count the answers. You probably won't get far.
Gozo is one of the three islands making the Republic of Malta.
The other islands are Malta and Comino. (See, this site is rife with valuable information.)
The children's crossing sign from Gozo
was attached below a no-parking sign (except for un/loading).
It's not clear if this explains the diamond shape - Remind the
schoolbus stop in Italy
which is also indicated with a
shape deviating from the usual triangle. I think it's an old forgotten sign :
it hangs at a considerable height and the detail in the drawing
comes, no doubt, from times long past.
One last observation: the girl isn't walking. She poses
like a ballerina. Find other signs with remarkable detail
in Turkey, Denmark,