No Spitting, Please. We’re Canadians.

Cropped from CVA image LGN 1224 - Public notice posted to front bulkhead of streetcar 294, near the entrance to the motorman's vestibule. 1914

Cropped from CVA image LGN 1224 (full image below). Public notice posted to front bulkhead of BC Electric Railway streetcar, near the entrance to the motorman’s vestibule. 1914? BCER.

Apparently, in 1914, spitting on Vancouver streetcars could land you in the hoosegow. Today, public expectoration is frowned upon principally because it is a disgusting thing to see (and hear); but at the time this streetcar rule was posted, it was plainly considered a health hazard. The 1918 influenza pandemic was just four years away.

LGN 1224 - [Interior view of front bulkhead of streetcar number 294, showing posted signs and entrance to motorman's vestibule] 1914? bcer

LGN 1224 – Interior view of front bulkhead of streetcar number 294, showing posted signs and entrance to motorman’s vestibule. 1914? BCER.

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