One-Way Street (1910?)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 17 13:19:07 UTC 2001

On Fri, 17 Aug 2001 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    OED has 1914?
>    From the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 12 December 1941, pg. 28, col. 6:
> (...)  Mr. (Patrick--ed.) McCarthy, who was in charge of all traffic
> in New York, recalled at his retirement in 1936 that the first one-way
> street in New York City was Duane Street.  Mr. McCarthy designated it
> a one-way street in 1910, seven years after he started traffic work.

Clearly the term "one way street" was around before 1910.  Here is the
earliest I find on Lexis:

1910 (28 Feb.) _Massachusetts Reports_ 205: 348  The defendant contends
that ... an automobile ... may go either way on a "one way" street.

Fred Shapiro

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