Before Facebook, Twitter and the internet, how did people spread news to one another? We assume newspapers, talky pictures and the Victrola but we aren’t sure what any of those things are.

Telephone poles were probably useful in getting out a message to the community. Especially in heavy traffic areas on busy streets. Hundreds of eyeballs a day see the average telephone poll sign. As in this case, where a young woman would like everyone in town to know about Roderick and his unfortunate condition. If telephone pole fliers can find puppies and advertise yards sales, why can’t they spread the word about dirty men and the diseases they carry?

“Hey, did you see the Johnson’s yard sale is this weekend?”
“Sure did! Did you see Roderick has a venereal disease?”
“Sure did!”

[Via Reddit]