9 Jan /15

No parking

For all of you with a car looking for a parking space, a reminder. No parking celebrates its 100th anniversary in print this year! In 1915, in the Ohio newspaper Daily News, an instruction is given “The same persons should park their automobiles between the ‘No Parking’ sign and the corner of the street intersection.” Quite obviously the idea, the sign and the prohibition had been around longer than anyone had written about it.

It is ironic that the idea of “no parking” relating to cars actually is earlier than parking.

Ironically the word parking space was used for the first time after the “no parking” prohibition. It was used for the American Ambulance core in the fighting in Alsace in the First World War. Next to the graveyard where the men who had died of their wounds were buried “was a limited parking-space for the ambulances” is recorded by Andrew Piatt. He knew. After all, he drove ambulances in France before being promoted to head the American Ambulance Field Service.

Just to put things in perspective. The work park has been around a long time. The very first time park was used as a verb in English stipulated that animals must be parked or fenced in. This was used in legislation at the beginning of the 1300s. Parking as a designated area for vehicles originally was used much later. It is found in the United States and relates to horse wagons, trains and carriages and was used as early as 1846.