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Chicago Bans Hat Pins and Ugly People

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- 644 days ago -
In 1911, the city fathers of Chicago passed a few interesting ordinances to make the place a better city, sort of.

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Dave C. (237)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 3:53 pm
yikes is right, but the only "ugly people" I know are those with "ugly attitudes" aka republicans....

Freya H. (340)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 4:23 pm
And you thought we were f---ed up today!

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

Lynn Squance (233)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 5:09 pm
Holy cow Batman! Another Gotham City run amok!

Dave C, I agree . . . the Republicanus/Teabaggers are "ugly", even "butt ugly" when it comes to their attitudes on women, the poor, the LGBT community, race etc. Come to think about it, they're even "ugly" on greed . . . they have OCD to acquiring wealth at anybody's expense except their own!

GGmaSheila D. (179)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 5:24 pm
Love to read about some of those old laws, especially the ones about sexual reading for the most part. Some, are still on the books today and need repealing. Glad the Ugly Laws are gone, though the GOPTP, and even Religious Extremists may want to have them back...the way they're going, everything that's not white, blonde, blue-eyed, Christian, and ultra conservative, would be banned. Come to think of it - how many blonde, blue-eyed GOPTP are there? Probably be a run on peroxide and colored contacts if passed, and no more tanning booths allowed so all that pink skin shows pure. Thanks for sharing this blast from the past with son and family lives just outside of Chicago.

Jae A. (320)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 5:31 pm
...and smile I did ! Thanks Barry :-) .

Yvonne White (233)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:05 pm
Yes, I can see how disabled veterans would upset the delicate sensibilities of Chicago Politicians! ;) But it was probably a good idea to include the "deceased" in the law - since being dead, maimed, etc. happens SO often there.. "Several disabled residents were arrested for breaching this ordinance and either fined or transported to the Cook County poorhouse. This waned toward the end of World War I, which of course produced an exponential increase in the number of disabled citizens. Chicago continued to use this ordinance intermittently until the mid 1970s, when it was finally repealed."

. (0)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:12 pm
aren't we glad we are not ugly. that was fun.

Gloria picchetti (305)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:12 pm
Happy hour is illegal because it encourages drinking. Still we manage to get happy when we drink.

. (0)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:15 pm
good one. do you usually see usually see happy people at happy hour

Debbie S. (29)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:33 pm
As a history buff and the fact I enjoy funny things as well I enjoyed this quite a lot....thanks for the humor and the smile.

Barbara K. (67)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:57 pm
Thanks for the laughs, I bet there are a lot of these ridiculous and funny laws on the books in the southern cities. lol. After all, look at what they are adding now.

Christinepbacon Christinepbacon (0)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:58 pm
my co-worker's ex-wife makes $68 /hr on the computer . She has been without a job for 10 months but last month her payment was $12830 just working on the computer for a few hours. you could look here ....

Stevie A. (10)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 7:49 pm
I think it would be a good idea for women to wear hats and of course, hatpins. They'd come in mighty handy against “gropers"

Walter F. (109)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 7:57 pm
At least we have advanced a little ,,We can laugh at these laws today.

GARY L. (138)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 8:10 pm
thanks ????

Sunday February 23, 2014, 9:08 pm
The Hat pin sounds like it was a defense at times!!
Thank You Barry

Edith B. (145)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 9:13 pm
Noted, and reported the spammer. They apparently did not know about the second amendment when they deprived those ladies of their hat pin weapons.

zora b. (85)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 9:27 pm
“No person who is diseased, maimed or mutilated, or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object or improper person to be allowed in or on the public ways or other public places in this city, or shall therein or thereon expose himself to public view, under a penalty of not less than one dollar nor more than 50 dollars for each offence.” This one is really beyond sensible and despicable. Thank you for posting, Barry.

Giana Peranio-Paz (406)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 11:15 pm
Amusing, have we really come such a long way, baby?? Thanks Barry.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 24, 2014, 2:26 am
Very interesting and funny although not so by those who were effected by these laws.I have book marked this link for future reference.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:25 am

John Gregoire (286)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:04 am
I am wondering if the TSA has put hat pins on their proscribed list? They could be quite the weapon and were often used as such for noth defense by ladies and assassination in the world of intrigue. Thanks.

Lona Goudswaard (82)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:53 am
Thanks Barry. Good to show that the War on Women, discrimination and laughable legislation are of all times. We had come a long way in the last 50 years or so, but now we seem to be returning to the 'good old times'.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:51 am
Noted. Thanks

Wendy H. (54)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:55 am
Thank you

Gene Jacobson (273)
Monday February 24, 2014, 9:03 am
Those "laws" or versions of them exist in parts of the world today only in more horrible forms, a hat pin is small defense against the religious police or self-appointed arbiters of other people's behavior and choices.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 24, 2014, 11:16 am
Amusing story...

Terrie Williams (789)
Monday February 24, 2014, 11:49 am
OMD....they had Teabaggers back then! Crazy is as crazy does...they have just gotten meaner about it like Gene implies.

Elizabeth M. (68)
Monday February 24, 2014, 1:41 pm
Thanks Brry for this funny article on different laws of Chicago way back when. Wonder why they had to take inside street car signs down --- have a collection of hat pins, some really long and could be used at weapons,for women to stop the groping LOL. Wonder how they determined ugly - was it butt ugly. The laws re the invalids, people missing limbs etc not being seen on the streets was terrible and it took World War 1 to change it! Some mean people back then - must have been Tea Baggers. Thee are still towns and cities that have crazy laws still in effect. Sure enjoyed this article. Thanks Barry!
flagged spammer - Christinepbacon Lol.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday February 24, 2014, 1:50 pm
Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town ....

Lyn Z. (293)
Monday February 24, 2014, 7:15 pm
Thanks Barry.
Glad I was born in Chicago(1943) = But family moved to northern suburbs (1954).

BUT, living in Largo, FL (Tampa Bay area) is kind of "sick & scary" due to the extremely sick B.S. laws here "Stand your Ground" & our horrid Governor, Rick Scott.

HELEN V. (54)
Monday February 24, 2014, 8:18 pm
thanks for the interesting article. These laws ranged from ridiculous to downright inhuman.
Have to admit the most shocking law for me was the prohibition of disabled, or maimed people circulating that has to be one of the most horrific laws I have read of a country in the western world.
The one I laughed most was with limiting the weight of a loaf of bread and the baker who was convicted and fined for baking a 7ilb loaf of bread.

Dee C. (222)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 5:00 am
Indeed..I have seen some insane laws on the books..Then and now..

Thanks Barry..

Dee C. (222)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 5:00 am
And shared in my news group..

Mitchell D. (131)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:06 pm

Miriam VOICEfortheVOICELESS (69)
Tuesday December 2, 2014, 7:53 am
◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕ Good one!
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