Crowd Control

posted Feb 21, 2009, 8:14 AM by Jim Buhler   [ updated Feb 21, 2009, 8:22 AM ]
I've always liked this particular stereopticon slide, which was used in movie theaters around 1910. It is from an ad in Moving Picture World.

Clearly, the slide projects a particular view of appropriate audience behavior. Yet the prohibition it commands also bears witness to the existence of the very activity it would proscribe.

I can almost hear the whistling and the stamping...