Stop Signs For Tommy

Hi Tommy,

Your mom told me that you like stop signs a lot. When I was your age, I really liked old coins and when I got a little older, I really liked baseball cards and now that I’m grown up, one of the things I like a lot is old buildings that people don’t use anymore. I especially like looking at pictures of old buildings and I spend a lot of time searching online for them.

So when your mom said you like to look for stop sign pictures, I thought it would be fun to ask my friends who read my blog to take some stop sign pictures for you. They asked their friends and a whole bunch of people went out and took photos of stop signs all over the world just for you.

We hope that you like them!

Cynthia

P.S. If you click on the photos, some of them have bigger versions and you’ll be able to see the stop signs better.
P.P.S. Some people took a bunch of photos so I put one here and linked to the others. Go have a look!

From Ine in the Netherlands: These were taken right outside the headquarters of Shell (the oil company) in Amsterdam. I work just around the corner. There aren’t that many stop signs in the Netherlands anymore I think. Most of the streets near my house have traffic lights. Maybe they thought people weren’t paying enough attention to signs. The word “Stop” is the same in Dutch (the language we speak in the Netherlands) as in English.
From Ine in the Netherlands: These were taken right outside the headquarters of Shell (the oil company) in Amsterdam. I work just around the corner. There aren’t that many stop signs in the Netherlands anymore I think. Most of the streets near my house have traffic lights. Maybe they thought people weren’t paying enough attention to signs. The word “Stop” is the same in Dutch (the language we speak in the Netherlands) as in English.
Also from Ine at the same location: The location of the stop sign is here: http://goo.gl/maps/64Mcj. You won’t be able to see it on Google Streetview because they were still building when the satellite picture was taken. But it’s right where you see the white squares on the bicycle path. The white squares are also a sign, painted on the street, to warn drivers to slow down because of the bicycle path.
Also from Ine at the same location: The location of the stop sign is here: http://goo.gl/maps/64Mcj. You won’t be able to see it on Google Streetview because they were still building when the satellite picture was taken. But it’s right where you see the white squares on the bicycle path. The white squares are also a sign, painted on the street, to warn drivers to slow down because of the bicycle path.
This is a stop sign on a train platform in Seoul, South Korea. The Korean word for stop is pronounced "Jong Jee".
This is a photo I took of a stop sign on a train platform in Seoul, South Korea. The Korean word for stop is pronounced “Jong Jee”.
From Justin Z: “Arrêt Stop”=Canadian
Another Canadian sign from Justin Z, also in French and English
From Justin Z: a Tunisian stop sign
A Malaysian Stop Sign from Justin Z
A 40-year-old French stop sign from Justin Z
A French stop sign from Justin Z
From Heidi Marie Stieber:  I took it from a moving car this morning in Turkey.  I take pictures of signs. Lots of them. lol. I guess it is something I really like, always have - as an adult, people don't really get to tell me I can't like it and can't do it. I hope he enjoys this one. — in Istanbul, Turkey.
From Heidi Marie: I took it from a moving car this morning in Turkey.
I take pictures of signs. Lots of them. lol. I guess it is something I really like, always have – as an adult, people don’t really get to tell me I can’t like it and can’t do it. I hope he enjoys this one. — in Istanbul, Turkey.
From birchfox: Here’s a stop sign from my hometown, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. It’s in English and Inuktitut. I didn’t take it since I’m not home right now, but it’s still pretty cool. The Inuktitut is written in syllabics; in Roman Orthography it says “nuqqarit”.
Also from birchfox: In the smaller communities, they leave the English out entirely and it looks like this
This is a stop sign next to garage entrance of the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington DC (headquarters of the FBI). The sign says, "STOP ID Check". It's pretty hard to find stop signs in Washington DC because most of the intersections have stop lights.
This is a stop sign next to garage entrance of the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington DC (headquarters of the FBI). The sign says, “STOP ID Check”. It’s pretty hard to find stop signs in Washington DC because most of the intersections have stop lights.
A pair of stop signs from Pete G's neighborhood
A pair of stop signs from Pete G’s neighborhood
Liz H. took photos of a bunch of signs in her neighborhood. The others are at http://s1367.photobucket.com/user/steelbluel/library/stop%20signs?sort=3&page=1
From Sharon O: “Gas Dept. Lady directing traffic around road work.”
From Rene S: mini stop sign on a walking path!
From Rene S: mini stop sign on a walking path!
From Robin S: This is a stop sign I photographed on the corner of Ashby Ave & Acton St in Berkeley, CA back in 2006. An action group ‘modified’ a large number of stop signs in Berkeley to say “STOP DRIVING”. I’m not sure what their point was — I think pollution from cars, getting people to bike more. Hope you like it.
From William V: It’s in Arabic…al khor
From Jo: Stop sign at a train crossing in New Zealand. There are a whole bunch more New Zealand stop sign photos from Jo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/99268821@N07/sets/72157634761962216/
From Lucy R: Often in England we just write STOP on the road for our stop sign. The solid white line means stop too. This is in Bournemouth, England, UK. It is the solid horizontal white line that means stop here, signs/writing are only put up to make it more obvious. Can’t think of anywhere we have an actual sign.
From Julia: A great sign from the bahama’s.

And to top it all off Chris Mears has started an entire blog of stop sign photos from his neighborhood!

38 thoughts on “Stop Signs For Tommy”

  1. Love your insights in general. Thank you. Your stop sign quest is beautiful. For my grandson it was first trains. Now it’s space, the universe, our solar system… I love the things he teaches me! He’s 10.

    1. Wow! This was such an awesome project! My son’s love is rubber ducks. He has over 800 of them! I had no idea there were so many different ones out there! We had to slow the rubber duck purchases down because it became tied in with his OCD and we are running out of room!
      I love your blog! It really gives me a good idea of what my son is going through and what life might be like for him as an adult.
      Thanks for sharing!

      1. Oh my gosh! How much do I love that you decided to stop at 800 and not, say, 80. That’s awesome. You’re awesome.

        I can see how there is fine line between OCD traits and pursuing a special interest in people who have both OCD and ASD. I think a lot of my arranging and sorting of my collections as a kid might have been a sort of subclinical OCD (which I still have mild traces of).

        Glad you’re enjoying the blog! 🙂

  2. These are great!

    I’m sorry that I didn’t email in a few from Charlottetown earlier. I got busy with work and family and just couldn’t seem to get this done. I had intended to start wandering around town and posting the stop signs I see on my daily travels to the office, out to get coffee or just generally from my own neighbourhood.

    This morning I did. In addition to my Prince Street blog i also have one I just launched, The Rest, which I’ll use as a more generic white board to think on top of. I figured that would be the ideal place to post my stop sign photos. I’ll do each set based on their location in a unique post then join all the posts together with a category “Stop” and label them for the street locations, et al.

    Most importantly, I’ll link back here so credit lies where it belongs. Thanks for triggering this awesome thread!

    1. I’m going to go add a link to your blog (I can’t believe you started a new blog just for this!) to be sure everyone will see it along with all of these other photos.

      I was actually planning to post this next week but I’ve been so busy and was finding it hard to keep up with collecting and collating these. I wanted to get it up before work becomes even more hectic next week.

      1. Thank’s for the kind words. I think this project is a really neat one. I’ve had The Rest for a while now and will continue to use it as a place to think out lout, albeit on the keys, so for me it’s the perfect place to share stuff like this. I’ve got the first posts up now and will try and add more as time goes.

  3. This is such a lovely thing to do. I haven’t had a chance to photograph any stop signs yet, but I am sure that we do have them in England, it’s just a case of hunting them down!

  4. During my early teens, I was intensely fascinated with certain numbers due to my synesthesia. So much that I created imaginary friends/fictional characters out of each number, illustrating the colors and personalities I noticed in each number. This all happened before I started giving numbers to people as well, for the rest of my teens. I am planning on resurrecting all these characters and writing mini-stories about each one of them. http://cheetahchottahpress.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/my-thing-with-numbers/

  5. I love this! Well done on this wonderful little project. I love seeing what else is in the picture to give more of a subtle cultural view of all these different countries. Heidi Marie – I love that you collect pictures of signs, I think they are amazing in a collection.

  6. Actually it is sort of fascinating to see the same sign (functionally) in so many different versions and types of places.

    Nice project. I hope the kid gets happy:-)

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