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Sign, Pictograph Men’s and Women’s Room Door, Incised Brass, Pair, Vintage, Mid 20th Century

$250

Pictograph Men’s and Women’s Room Door Signs
American or European: Mid 20th Century
Incised sheet brass
8 x 8 inches each
$250

A pair of pictograph door plates, one a man, the other a woman. The stylized figure symbols are each incised into a substantial brass plate. These are likely a relatively early and high quality example of pictograph locker room or rest room signs. Now commonplace, pictograph rest room signs were innovative in 1967, when graphic designer Paul Arthur (1924-2001) designed symbols for use in the Expo 67 World’s Fair in response to fair organizers’ concerns that international visitors would not understand language-based signs. However, at the time a Canadian newspaper reported some confusion among visitors on how to interpret the male and female symbols on the signs.

Description

A pair of pictograph door plates, one a man, the other a woman. The stylized figure symbols are each incised into a substantial brass plate. These are likely a relatively early and high quality example of pictograph locker room or rest room signs. Now commonplace, pictograph rest room signs were innovative in 1967, when graphic designer Paul Arthur (1924-2001) designed symbols for use in the Expo 67 World’s Fair in response to fair organizers’ concerns that international visitors would not understand language-based signs. However, at the time a Canadian newspaper reported some confusion among visitors on how to interpret the male and female symbols on the signs.

Condition: Generally good with the usual light wear, abrasions, oxidation, bending. Mathematical calculation faintly scratched into one, unobtrusive.

Reference:

Plumptre, Timothy. Toronto Globe and Mail. 30 May 1967. Online at Expo 67: 40th Anniversary Celebrations Edition (part 4). http://expo67.ncf.ca/expo_67_40th_anniversary_edition_p4.html (31 August 2011).

Additional information

Century

20th Century