Logos of the North, part 12

Seen on the side of a shipping crate: The latin word for truth, Veritas, with a representation of this “statue of liberty” style woman bringing knowledge (the torch), democracy (the conch), food (the rooster) and medicine (tangled snakes) to the north.

What are your thoughts?

UPDATE: Those aren’t oats, as previously written, they are the scales of justice!

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11 responses to “Logos of the North, part 12

  1. She needs better clothes.

  2. Who did the censoring of this sign?

  3. My view is that it’s a logo for colonialism as a whole, bringing to mind Kipling’s “white man’s burden.” (ie: The false and ethnocentric view that truth, medicine, and democracy did not exist before white people came to the north.)

    As for the nudity-without-nudity, I am not sure why this happens. So many old statues are this way!

    It just seemed like such a relic, I had to take a photo.

  4. No, I think it’s more Orwell than Kipling. The ship represents Minipax, the woman is Miniluv, the goodies are Miniplenty, and of course Veritas is for Minitrue.

  5. I say, this comment is doupleplusgood!

  6. The oldest profession
    Teaching marketting

  7. Interesting that the scales of justice have been left discarded at her feet.

  8. Orwellian, I tells ya.

    Either that or it’s the artist’s way of telling you you’re never right in a woman’s eyes.

    Or maybe it’s a quote to Dickens:

    “The law expects you to control your wife.”
    “Then the law is a ass, sir.”

    The plot thickens!

  9. I think this is my favourite thread to date!

  10. Ivy your sense of humour is coming through on every blog. I LOVE this!

  11. Hmm… Veritas is latin for “truth” and Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veritas_%28disambiguation%29
    has some other links as well. For some reason I make the connection to maritime insurance – but I could be confused because of “Det Norske Veritas”
    – In any event – The comments here arefun to read!

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