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An Impudent Attempt by Charles Henry Sykes (1882-1942), ca. 1921

In 1921, Pennsylvania State Senator Max Aron (1885-? ) presented a bill to Pennsylvania's legislature that would make a small, yet significant alteration to the wording of Philadelphia's city charter. Widely seen as a "plot by contractors to force the city back to cleaning its streets by contract..,"[1] the Aron Bill would have revised the city's charter to make contracted street cleaning a requirement rather than an option. Though quickly passed in the Senate, the bill was ultimately stopped in the House of Representatives and failed to become law.
In this cartoon the artist likened the Aron Bill to an ax that contractors and political bosses would use to bypass Philadelphia's charter and plunder its treasury.

[1] "Aron Bill Dies if it Sneaks by to Gov. Sproul." (1921, April 22). Evening Public Ledger, p. 1. Retrieved from: Library of Congress - Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers < >

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