Sec. 39-112. – Same—Indecent dress, etc. It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in any public place in a state of nudity or indecent or lewd dress, or make an indecent exposure of his person, or to perform or commit any indecent act. (Code 1965, § 41-21.1)
There was a court case involving a woman who got a heel of one of her shoes caught in a sidewalk grating, fell, and injured herself. The city subsequently passed this law in order to protect itself from future litigation.
When searching current municipal codes, we found 24 (!) codes that specifically target Noble Street in Anniston, Alabama. They range from jaywalking to parking to where pool halls, billboards, and outdoor dining are or are not allowed. So, it seems logical that at one time, there could have been a dress code here.
This may have to do with Alabama’s racist history and the public display of Ku Klux Klan outfits.
There are lots of references to this law, but it may be directed toward the drivers or passengers of motorcycles.
In the nineteenth century, it was a misdemeanor offense in Tucson for a person to appear in public in the dress “not of his or her sex.” The question is, would it be worse for a woman to be in pants, or NO pants?!?
This law is from Nogales, AZ. I wonder if someone’s brother owned a belt factory nearby? If so, this could be an early form of crony capitalism!
This goes back to the days of the Wild West! Could it be one of the earliest attempts to outlaw “gang” symbols?!?