Week 37 – Signs


Leading nicely on from the Commerce Theme from last week, I present Signs.

There are all kinds of signs for all sorts of different purposes. The earliest signs were used for communication back in the palaeolithic age (around 18,000 BC) in the form of cave paintings. Out of these eventually developed an early form of advertisement in 3000 BC in ancient Rome and Greece in the form of a crier or barker, who would shout out the wares his master had on offer. Once the markets developed with fixed stalls signs became more commonplace and from then it developed into all the signs and symbols we see all around us today.

As it is a wet and windy day here I decided to look around the house for some signs, most of which I found in my husbands garage and the remainder came from just near our house when the sun came out for a little while. My favourite one in the collection however is a photo from a trip to Dublin in 2005. The sign reads “Wrong Way Turn Back”. It seems that the Irish needed a little more than just plain old “Wrong Way”!

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5 thoughts on “Week 37 – Signs

  1. Must be a sign of the times that we have these everywhere now. When I lived in Tanzania there where little kiosk shops everywhere and one of them was a sign writer, who had written a sign advertising his skills. It said ‘Sing Ritter’!

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  2. “sign, sign, everywhere a sign…”

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  3. reminds me of this old joke

    A cop pulls over a carload of nuns.
    Cop: “Sister, this is a 65 MPH highway – why are you going so slow?”
    Sister: “Sir, I saw a lot of signs that said 22, not 65.”
    Cop: “Oh sister, that’s not the speed limit, that’s the name of the highway you’re on!
    Sister: Oh! Silly me! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be more careful.
    At this point the cop looks in the backseat where the other nuns are shaking and trembling.
    Cop: Excuse me, Sister, what’s wrong with your friends back there? They’re shaking something terrible.
    Sister: Oh, we just got off of highway 119.

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  4. like your display of signs and enjoyed the joke ….

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