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Tackling an age-old problem in the 1920s

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

By Dan Shaw

1929 poster by Stourbridge Borough Council warning those dropping food wrappers and the like in the streets face a fine or imprisonment

1929 poster by Stourbridge Borough Council warning those dropping food wrappers and the like in the streets face a fine or imprisonment

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IT'S a common complaint that things ain't what they used to be, that standards have fallen and that life in the past was better, with less crime and less anti-social behaviour.

However, the truth may not be so clear cut. We may think of litter as a modern nuisance but this public health notice, issued by Stourbridge Borough Council in 1929, shows that littering the streets was a problem 85 years ago just as it is today.

The notice threatens those caught with a 40 shilling fine (around £300 at today's values) or 14 days imprisonment.

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