A 1951 city sign aimed at unruly dog owners

Dog parents who didn’t clean up after their pets were apparently a problem in Washington Square Park in 1951, as this sign affixed to a fence suggests.

It’s a very genteel reprimand: no mention of cleaning up after the dog, and no reference to pooper scooper laws—which actually didn’t exist until 1978.

I wonder what happened to the Outdoor Cleanliness Association, a group that may have been ahead of its time, predating the anti-littering campaign that hit New York big in the 1970s.

[Photo from the NYPL Digital Collection]

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8 Responses to “A 1951 city sign aimed at unruly dog owners”

  1. Poop Slope Says:

    Nothing has changed

  2. Tom Says:

    “Curb Your Dog” was a way to make walking on the sidewalk more pleasant but not a good idea for the rivers. All that stuff washes away with the rain. Now that raw sewage has been cleaned up dog waste is a big pollution source.

  3. Jason Says:

    62 years later and dog owners still can’t keep their dogs to the curb. There are buildings on my block that dogs literally pee two feet from the door… well, it’s the owner’s children who have to walk through it the most. Disgusting –

  4. Seen and Heard Around the Village 10.19.11: West Edition Says:

    […] 1951 Washington Square Park had doggie problems (Ephemeral New […]

  5. Arthur hagendorf Says:

    I saw a sign on 192 st and 45 ave by resurection church

  6. Arthur hagendorf Says:

    A n old sign is at resurection Church 192 st and 45ave flushing queens

  7. Seen and Heard Around the Village 10.19.11: West Edition – Village Preservation Says:

    […] 1951 Washington Square Park had doggie problems (Ephemeral New […]

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