“Don’t Spit on Sidewalk” Brick
This brick, manufactured in Kansas early in the 20th century, was a part of the campaign against tuberculosis led by Dr. Samuel Crumbine, secretary of the Kansas State Board of Health, 1904-1923, and national leader in the field of public health.
Inspired by the 1908 International Congress on Tuberculosis, he devised a slogan, “Don’t Spit on Sidewalk,” which Kansas brick makers imprinted on their products for one year.
This brick was obtained from a sidewalk in Manhattan, Kansas, being demolished during a street widening program. The sidewalk had been in use more than 50 years.
Collection consists of a single brick from the early 20th century.
The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections of the Moody Medical Library.
[Identification of Item], in the “Don’t Spit on Sidewalk” Brick collection, MS 147, Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.
These records were organized and processed by staff of the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections. Finding aid prepared by Robert Marlin and Kelly Caldwell; encoded by Richard L. Watts in EAD 2002 W3C in January of 2017.