Les crocs

One of many safety posters warning about the many dangers in the mine.

Update: Two things might need explanation: the crocodile's head is a shearer, and the French says “Its crocs show no mercy”.


  1. What an odd image to use. Here we would think there were real crocodiles to worry about down the tunnels.

  2. Incroyable! I would be very scared if I found one of these critter!wow
    Have a nice weekend!

  3. What does it say? There are underground crocs in the mine?

  4. That's very powerful, you can't miss it!

  5. Strange poster, but I agree - you can't miss it:)

  6. Very interesting poster. I love going to France but I don't know much about this part of the country.

  7. Thanks for the comments.

    Joan Elizabeth: I think that in the poor light I did not do the poster justice. In better light, it is clearer that the crocodile's head is a dangerous drilling device.

    Cezar and Léia: Do not let this put you off visiting the museum. If there are such creatures, they have them well-caged.

    Eki: I added my attempt at a translation to the original entry. The point of the poster is to warn you of the dangers of the drilling machines. But, I think this is an insult to the miners intelligence. Anyone can see the things are dangerous.

    JM: And that is after it has faded with age.

    joo: Dziękuję.

    James: It is not on your usual tourist route. But, if you are visiting the great new Pompidou Centre in Metz, you could quickly take trip out to this museum.

  8. It's a poster that warns of the dangers in the mine. I wonder if the warning is for the workers or trespassers. Thanks for sharing AB. Like I've said before your blog has become an educationa tool for me.