We have arrived to another part in the "not an actual blog post" spontaneously developed series. Similarly to the previously published posts on the Chinese, English, Welsh, and Scottish settlement signs, this is a good 'virtual place' for you to come to find our photos of settlement signs in collections. This "episode" is now focusing on my favourite sign photos of Hungary. Since I was born in the central country of the Carpathian Basin, I have many photos of signs from across Hungary; although the number of images does not justify the extend of my travels throughout of the land of my ancestors and its wider surroundings. So, there is still plenty to catch up with.
In Hungary, all settlements have boundary markers, which are traditionally black and white (black font, white background) with a red or black edge (this is something to do with the speed limit). You can see signs with green background where the colour of font is white. These usually have at least three different functions: 1) marking the settlement's name in the local minority's language and in this case it is normally placed below or beside the main, black and white sign, and 2) marking the settlement boundary on a high-speed main road that may overtake the settlement itself, 3) marking the boundary of a district of area within a settlement. In Hungary, it is possible to find actual welcome signs too, which are usually placed beside of the traditional black and white ones. These may be made from metal or wood. Not every settlement has welcome signs. Another type of sign that you may see in Hungary on which the place name is written in traditional Hungarian characters, known as old, runic scripts; these are also known as székely-magyar rovásírás (or runiform; officially Hungarian Runic). Major settlements have signs displaying place names in Old Hungarian.
In this post, I will include "settlement signs", a selection of welcome signs, city limit signs, boundary signs, and anything else that have administrative boundaries. I will cover the four main categories mentioned in the previous paragraph. If you are interested in the full collection, then click here.
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Last updated: 08.08.2021.
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