Awesome. I love canals because they require hubris. I love choke points too, almost on a philosophical level, because, to me, they offer an existential and tangible logistical certainty. “We can only move here,” gets uttered. The Suez is beautiful because it required hubris to drudge, is one of the modern world’s most vital choke points, and requires hubris to maintain both geopolitically and in terms of earth works. And look at the size, setting and desolation there. It’s so striking.
If the Pinkerton Agency still operated as it used to, as a semi-legal private police force with near full powers rather than private security guards, would you join?
As middle class mass entertainments gained increasing popularity in the late nineteenth century, so did the impetus to instruct this new audience in the ways of appropriate public behavior. By the time the motion picture industry had achieved full flower in the 1910s, however, etiquette announcements like these were used mainly for their entertainment value.
(Source: loc.gov, via thesearemyfinelines)