non-society members road signs may appear to be purely functional, they
enable pedestrians and vehicular traffic to proceed with their journey by
providing directional advisory information and road lay-out guidance.
However to an elite international
collective known as the RSAS, the bold, yet subtle beauty of the road sign
inspires endless dedication, fascination and delight. Our organisation works
tirelessly to bring about international awareness of the road sign and strives
to preserve each nations unique heritage of road signs.
This sign caused mass excitement
in Korea recently when it was taken to mean "Beware of Flying Saucers
Landing On Your Car". However it disappointing reads as "No overtaking
MEN AT WORK SIGNAGE ACROSS THE GLOBE
One of the most endlessly exhilarating aspects of international signage
is the way that countries influences one another. For example this "Men
at Work" sign first appeared in Swinging Sixties Britain in 1967 and is
still used today. It’s a rather ostententatious little number now synonymous
with hippie ideals such as being stoned continuously for a decade and being
able to shag whoever you like even if you have a proper girl-friend.
Here you can see how it has influenced other countries.
The Chinese version of this sign
is clearly an almost carbon copy of the original British. The familiar work-man
bending downwards to his right to pick up what appears to be a parasol.
The only changes apparent are the removal of the workman’s neck and feet.
This is to represent the punishment dished out to work men who were just
to slow for the Chinese authorities. First they removed their feet, then
if they were still too slow they removed their neck.
In the early 1970’s South African officials also took the original British design
and added their own national twist. Being South Africa they couldn’t have
representation of non-whites, even on signage and so the figure becomes a
white man. Of course in modern day South Africa 99.7% of highway
maintenance men are non-whites.
The alternative to the British design
is this wonderfully detailed Danish design.
Here you can see how it’s international lineage spreads as far as...
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This months issue includes…
Report on the club trip to see the new computerized alterable maximum
speed signs at junction 12 on the m29
a nostalgic look at the old British classics like "Give Way to
Gentlemen" and "Peasant crossing ahead"
in which a man who gets to control traffic at road works with a sign which
says "stop" on one side and "go" on the other, tells
us why he feels so privileged to do what he does.