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”!