22 July, 2008

Hers and His: A photoessay


Well, this post has been a long time coming.

One of the first times I remember noticing a sign was almost twenty years ago, as I was waiting for someone outside a washroom. I saw the standard signs






















and wondered why, internationally, it's t
otally acceptable that these figures' heads are disconnected from their bodies. Isn't that peculiar? And yet, I had never even noticed.

Now, most bathroom signs are pretty much standard, with a few subtle twists here and there. Some are older than others, and show it. Old or not, the heads are still off here:






















Some have gotten a bit carried away with the whole mutilation thing, and have started
disconnecting other body parts:






















Some have gotten really fancy, and started buildin
g golden statuettes, ala the Oscars. At least now the heads are firmly connected: progress!

















Now here's where it starts getting weird.



What are we meant to learn from this? Men are hollow? Hmm... okay, fair enough.


Here's one I found in a mall; apparently someone decided to fill it in by hand. Lovely!



Here's a nice equal opportunity sign. It's the first time I've seen a skirt on a disabled figure. Way to go, someone!




Now, to get back to the bizarre: I promise, but really promise that these are real. We went to a popular chain hardware store, and these were on the main bathroom doors:






















I'm not even going to attempt a guess at the inspiration behind this one. That's definitely Donald Duck, right?




Now, some places are
daring enough to break away from the standard decapitated mold. (No, I do not consider the previous sign daring.) Here's an example of a more abstract, yet fairly clear set of signs. The cigarettes I could do without, but these are pretty unique, you have to admit:






















Before my grande finale, I'd like to remind everyone of another bathroom sign post that I once wrote. It was one of my very first, and I think one of the funniest.


Anyway, here's the last entry, for now. I don't know what's going on in this bathroom, but it sure looks entertaining!

Really, it's the things we see every day that can be the silliest.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Laugh out loud hilarious. Thanks! Mom

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mom.
NB: I've seen wheelchair bathroom signs with the wheel not round. The wheel chair fellow is going to have a really hard time getting to the bathroom if the wheels are not round.

Yechiel

toby said...

Wow, anonymous Yechiel, you're right, that's pretty harsh. Take a picture the next time you see it, and I'll happily add it to the collection.

~ Sarah ~ said...

lol

rw said...

I always find it funny that the woman is wearing a skirt - outside of frum neighbourhoods, when did you last see women wearing skirts..?

toby said...

rw - well, they're more miniskirts than religiously modest ones, but I hear what you're saying...