Not long ago, Lorna commented that she likes the street signs in Aberdeen that have pointing hands. I do, too, very much. So I thought I would share them with you.
The Victorian parts of the city are graced with inset tiles spelling out the street names, and occasionally accompanied by a pointing hand. Sometimes the hand is pointing the way to another place, as below:
Sometimes the pointing hands indicate where a street’s name changes (streets have a habit of doing that in Britain).
But other times, the hand appears when there can’t be any confusion. For example, Braemar Place begins at a t-junction. There’s no confusion about where the street begins, and yet the hand directs us along:
But I don’t mind. I’m very fond of it!
I really like the care, attention and artistry that people used to put into everyday things. And of course, they do occasionally still. But I’m not sure any city council would decide to lavish money on such tiles today.