Sanitation Cleanup Drive

Saturday, May 03, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Proclamation of May 5 - May 17, 1952, as "Spring Clean-Up Weeks" and the presentation of "Clean City" awards to school children.

Commissioner of Sanitation, Mulrain, introduces Sanitation Department Band and gives speech: "Cleanliness is next to godliness;" extends beyond our homes. Use litter baskets, bundle your trash, control your dog, and clean sidewalks. Mayor Impellitteri's speech: "A clean city is a healthy city." 58.5 million dollars have been allocated to the Sanitation Department for services improvements.

Clean City awards given to area children while an unidentified female speaker calls their names out. She then identifies departments represented in the audience. The band plays.

See also: "Youth Builders" radio programs, featuring interviews with school children on their efforts to clean their neighborhoods.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69541
Municipal archives id: LT504


Vincent R. Impellitteri, Andrew W. Mulrain and Sanitation Department Band


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About Youth Builders

A series to teach youngsters about participatory democracy.

This series, which aired from 1947 to 1952, interviews a set of young New Yorkers about ways they can "make democracy work" in their own lives.  The charming innocence of other ages in another age shines through in these archived recordings.


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