Wednesday, August 03, 2005


I've lived in this apartment for more than a year now, and never noticed this funny little sign attached to the fire escape. It reads: "Notice: Any one placing any encum-brance on this balcony will be fined ten dollars." It probably dates back to the first half of the 20th century when $10 was more of a threat (more than $100 in today's money) and words like "encumbrance" were more commonly used.

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