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 – Public notice posted to front bulkhead of streetcar 294, near the entrance to the motorman’s vestibule. 1914

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.

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