Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Garbage Collection

Law Enforcement Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a police officer protecting a group of garbage collectors. This was during a strike in 1911, and the men in the picture were defying the strike. This can be a dangerous thing to do, wo police were providing protection for them.


  1. Looks as if people were litter-bugs then, too. (I wonder when that term came into use?)

  2. I was actually struck by how relatively *little* garbage there was for the number of garbage collectors in this rather densely populated area. We certainly have more garbage and litter, because we consume more. We export a lot of our garbage to undeveloped countries. From what I've read about New York and other large cities at the turn of the 20th c., though, garbage collection was lacking and therefore sanitation was lacking. One reason for their higher rates of illness and mortality.

  3. Keep in mind that there were still lots of horses on the streets back then. Ugh!


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