Wirth Watching: Utah Spring Cleaning was a serious deal in the 1950s

This beautiful weekend brought out an annual spring time ritual for many Utahans: The ritual of spring cleaning.
(ABC 4 UTAH) - This beautiful weekend brought out an annual spring time ritual for many Utahans: The ritual of spring cleaning.

The time-honored pastime of spending a weekend with a rake, shovel, and hose goes back to the beginning of civilization. 60 years ago, the state took spring cleaning to heart and created a film telling folks to clean up or else.

The state spring cleaning army goes back nearly a century. They gathered with rakes and brooms and cleaned the gravel and dirt highways. Others spruced up the sides of the road. Later, the city's street cleaners lined up as soon as the snow melted. The army of neatly uniformed men cleaned the streets of grime. Hundreds of brooms and giant dust pans were a sign of spring.

"If houses aren't kept in repair… if yards are neglected… well groomed residences are marred by eyesores..." said the narrator of the film.

Well I am glad my office wasn't around in the forties when the mean man did the state film. He would have said, “This is deplorable! Why?” 

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