Illinois · Newspaper clippings

The evils of fruit stores and their piano music

From The Chicago Daily Tribune
Published January 1, 1905

For as long as there have been children, there have been children who disobey adults. And for as long as children have disobeyed, adults have attempted to blame their behavior on “bad influences.” In the case of this 1905 article, insidious fruit stores lured children in with unnecessary piano music (as Justice Timothy Hurley, head of the Visitation and Aid society asked, “why is it necessary to have a piano to sell fruit?”). A new ordinance was put in place to prohibit fruit stores from playing music which “do not attract the father and mother, but the unsophisticated boy and girl,” though dramshops (establishments which sell liquor and spirits) were exempt from this ordinance.

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