Title: Electric railway journal
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Subjects: Electric railroads
Publisher: [New York] McGraw Hill Pub. Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries
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ectric Company, Balti-more, Md., has for years, in the course of its variedsafety work, kept in its cars racks for the display oflarge cards. The most recent set of cards, which aredescribed by Dwight Burroughs, publicity manager, inthe June United Railways Forum, were those used fora safety alphabet. This alphabet was designed with simple words andcatchy jingles, so that the verses, as shown in the ac-companying cut, might be read and remembered bychildren as well as adults. When the first letter ap-peared, the company began to receive communicationsfrom all sorts of self-constituted literary critics. Whilethe comments and criticisms were rolling in, however,something else was happening. Every boy and girl in the city was learning verseA. It went into the homes and was discussed.People could not help remembering it and wonderingwhat the next verse would be. Verses B and C metwith the same reception, and so the alphablet went onperforming its mission of attracting attention to safety.
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BALTIMORE SAFETY ALPHABET Soon the principals of various public schools askedfor the cards so that they could be used for the purposeof instilling the safety idea among the pupils. At a night school in northeast Baltimore, attendedchiefly by aliens, some of them adults, the principaluses the cards as an aid in teaching the English lan-guage and safety at the same time. The school foundthat it could get from the cards a vocabulary of simple words which enabled the pupils to converse in Englishwithout other mediums. The cards were used at the Central Y. M. C. A. in con-nection with a class in safety. Several churches andSunday schools employed the cards to teach the safetylesson at entertainments. Individuals secured sets ofthe cards for the instruction of children in theirfamilies. Thus, while the safety alphabet was performing itsmission in the racks in the cars, it was also enteringthe schools and homes of the city with its simple mes-sage—a message not easily forgotten. COMMUNICAT
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