8 – Football forbidden

Imagine a young archaeologist researching into the abandoned remains of our city. There are no written accounts available so he has to work with what he sees. What will he make of all the signs displaying the text ‘football forbidden’? Let’s assume that he understands the message.

The logical conclusion to be drawn would seem to be that the people who lived here loathed sport and games. In other parts of the city, however, there are traces that suggest just the opposite. It must therefore be a question of a love-hate relationship!

No doubt in his thesis, special attention will be given to the sign on the façade of the Couperusduin apartments in the photograph. In scholarly circles the meaning of the brackets around ‘voet’ (foot) will be a bone of contention for a long time to come.

Frits Hoorweg, 3 May 2012