According to The Music Within, these were promoted by PT Barnum:
passed in San Francisco in 1867. It said, “Any person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated, or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object, or an improper person to be allowed in or on the streets, highways, thoroughfares or public places in the City or County of San Francisco, shall not therein or thereon expose himself or herself to public view.” It was punishable by a fine of up to $25 and up to 25 days in jail. Well apparently an alderman here in Chicago thought this law was a grand idea because the same law was passed here in 1881, complete with the same language about disgusting objects, etc. The fine was $1 for each offense or a judge could order the disgusting object to be “detained at the police station, where he shall be well cared for, until he can be committed to the county poor house.” Then came laws in Denver and Lincoln, Nebraska that were exact replicas of the Chicago law.
William Batterman Ruger, Sr. promoting anti-gun import laws.
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