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Spruce Street: 1912

Spruce Street: 1912

November 1912. Providence, Rhode Island. "Spruce Street. Tiny girl with big bag she is carrying home." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Damn shame

I don't know when they did away with fines for spitting (or maybe they haven't and just don't enforce them), but too bad. It's disgusting both to encounter the end product and to witness the doing of. The reasons began as a prevention of the spread of TB, of course, but with the rise in new and resistant strains, I wonder if a return of the spitting ban might not be a good idea.

Someone should do a study about teens and spitting. Judging from the fact that some teens seem to spit about as often as they take a breath, there must be some puberty/saliva production correlation.

Do Not Spit...

on the sidewalk. Can't make out how much the fine is.

Cool sign.

I Heart This Photo

At first glance, I thought the little girl was carrying a giant "Heart" or some festive decoration. This photograph has great tonalities, in addition to the social documentation originally intended.

I promise

I will not spit on the sidewalk.I will not spit on the sidewalk. I will not spit on the sidewalk ...

Sack it to me!

I like to think that the sack is full of hair clippings from the barbershop they're in front of. That'd be easier of her than coal or potatoes.

Where's the spittoon?

Do they expect people to walk around with a cheek full of spit and resist the urge? I tell ya, things have not changed a bit--except we don't have signs pleading with spitters to zip it.

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