early 1900s

the semiology police

these are a few early ideas for road signs suggested by a swiss automobile magazine in 1923. they depict road hazards ranging from the obvious: beware of giant snails—to the not-so: warning, ironman is about to swat you down. 

RMS Mauretania in Canada Dock in 1909.

Constructed by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson on the Tyne in 1907, Mauretania was up until the Olympic was completed in 1911, the largest ship in the world and held the record for the fastest Trans-Atlantic crossing for 29 years.

The gentleman seen wearing uniform is Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer John Currie.

Thanks goes to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums for the free uses of this image with accordance to the Commons.