Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 28 15:57:58 UTC 2008

NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, quoted in _Jefferson City [Mo.] Post-Tribune_ (Feb. 5, 1941), p. 4: "The auto horn should be used as a warning, not a love call."
Around here it's primarily a love-call (unlike in New York City).
Triva bonus: The article (at NewspaperArchive) mentions "trick horns that play 'God Bless America,'" so they had that kind of product back then.

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