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October 26, 2007

Life in the Slow Lane

233. SAN ANTONIO. ORDINANCES. CHIEF OF POLICE (F. H. Lancaster). Synopsis of Traffic Ordinance City of San Antonio. [San Antonio: Schneider Printing Co., ca. 1920s]. 4 pp. folder, printed on stiff card stock. 16mo (14.5 x 8.2 cm). Other than mild age-toning, fine.

            San Antonio automobile ephemera, early and unusual. Topics include “Obedience,” “Signals,” “Pedestrians,” “Parking,” “Right of Way,” “Lights on Vehicles,” “Rules of the Road,” “Impounding Vehicles,” “Penalties,” “Speed Limits,” and “Miscellaneous.” The speed limit was ten miles per hour, or fifteen miles per hour if passing another vehicle. Downtown is so small that the parking regulations can specify precisely when and where vehicles may park on most downtown streets. Many regulations would be recognizable to the modern motorist, such as pulling to the right and stopping for emergency vehicles and the prohibition of U-turns and drunk driving. Other regulations might not be so familiar. For example, horse-drawn vehicles must have a lighted lamp after dark, and their drivers must signal by raising their whip when they intend to stop. ($50-100)

Sold. Hammer: $50.00; Price Realized: $58.75

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