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The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Read a law book for fun?! Yes, believe it or not!

The CRRL Law Library has a 60-year-old law book in its collection that is actually fun to read. The Code of the City of Fredericksburg Virginia 1952 occasionally lets you glimpse what life was like here long ago, in a quieter, slower time.

Take a peek at some of its provisions:

"it shall be unlawful to have, keep, raise or maintain bees within the city limits." Sec. 4-5

“It shall be unlawful for any person to expectorate on any sidewalk or street crossing, or in any church or public building…” Sec. 15-4

“It shall be unlawful for any person to bathe naked in the river opposite the city.” Sec. 17-4

“It shall be unlawful for any person to make any indecent, insulting or immoral proposal to any female person.” Sec. 17-22

“It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale within the city, sneezing powders, itching powders, or stink bombs.” Sec. 17-38

“It shall be unlawful for any person to be a vagrant. Any person who wanders about without any visible occupation, means of support, or place of abode, or who lodges in outhouses, railroad cars, the open air, or other public buildings or places, or who goes around begging from door to door, is hereby deemed a vagrant.” Sec 17-47