Cheerful Spray

August 1960
New Yorker;8/27/1960, Vol. 36 Issue 28, p20
The article reports on the efforts of the New York City Fire Department, Police Department, and Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity, to stop the city's children who wrench fire hydrants open to create their own bathing fountains. They devised a plan wherein any reputable group or individual may apply for a special hydrant spray cap, allowing the hydrant water to spurt out like a shower. Inspector John J. Jones reveals the public's response to the spray caps.


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