Monday 26 February 2024

Defacing Walls - Sheffield July 1909

The following cutting is from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 27th July 1909 and it appears in the Letters section of the paper.

I must admit I had a wry smile when I came across it - I wonder what he would have thought of todays "graffiti artists" and "taggers"!   

It appears that boys and youths were in the habit of using chalk on public buildings in Sheffield and this had raised concerns amongst the papers readership about the disfigurement of the said walls..

However NEMO the writer of the letter has upped the concern by referring to another form of "mural decoration" that of spitting. He adds that the main target is Sheffield Town Hall which was only opened 12 years earlier and raised fears that the newly constructed Post Office in Fitzalan Square will suffer a similar fate.

His solution - warning notices, the installation of spittoons and a dedicated striking for matches is admirable but I feel would have had little impact given that humans are creatures of habit. 

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