Wednesday, 5 March 2008

How to cross the road

The first Zebra crossing was installed in Slough in 1951. Before that, pedestrian crossings consisted of parallel rows of studs in the road, and orange globes on poles (Belisha beacons), but no black and white stripes.

Unfortunately, both pedestrians and drivers ignored the crossings, so this public information film from 1946 shows how to cross the road safely. The studs and Belisha beacons are there - but no zebra stripes.

"Let me introduce you to Mr. A. Now Mr. A is a perfectly straight forward kind of person....

With a tip of the hat to martin97uk on Flickr for pointing out the link.

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