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!
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 law dates back to the 30’s and 40’s, especially during WWII. At that time, high end fabric was scarce thanks to the war effort, and zoot suits, with their immense use of fancy fabric, were seen as unpatriotic. Zoot suits were primarily worn by hispanics, known as Pachucos (hence the swing song “Hey Pachuco”)…