May 13, 2015

Electric Company Warning - 1929

This is a 1929 notice from the Electric Company notifying people of an electric network going live. At the bottom, it appeals to parents and teachers to warn children not to climb the poles and not fly flying snakes near them (nor tie beasts of burden to the poles either).  

Flying Snakes is a rough translation of the Russian word for kite: "воздушный змей" (VOZDUSHNYY ZMEY) which means air-snake. The notice probably predates the Hebrew word for kite: עפיפון (AFIFON) which appeared in the late 1930s.  

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