Banners Across Nanking & Szechuen Roads - Chinese Y.M.C.A. 1926. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-3-1081 (1154-1161).
Letter from Chinese Y.M.C.A to Secretary. Shanghai, May 3, 1926. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-3-1081 (1155).
On behalf of the Chinese Y.M.C.A., I desire to put forward a request for permission to place a banner above Nanking Road between the Sincere Company and the Wing On Company, and another of silmiar size and nature over Szechuen Road immediately in front of the offices at no. 120. Attached you will find a sketch incidating the size of the banner and the manner in which it would be suspended.
The time we would like to have these banners appearing in the places indicated is from May 20th to June 10th, or the period of our coming financial campaign for the fund of $160,000 to complete a total of $555,000 needed for land, building and equipment for the proposed branch building. The banners would indicate the progress of the campaign day by day and we feel would be of very material aid to us in securing wider interest in our project. Inasmuch as this undertaking is one that is for the welfare of the Chinese youth of Shanghai, and will not in any way interfere with traffic or endanger the overhead wiring, we trust the Council will see it to grant our request.
Report from Commissioner of Public Works to Acting Secretary. Shanghai, May 8, 1926. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-3-1081 (1156).
I am averse to granting permission to erect banners over main roads and any concession made in this particular case would create an undesirable precedent.
Report from Commissioner of Police to Acting Secretary. Shanghai, May 11, 1926. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-3-1081 (1159).
I desire to associate myself with the Commissioner of Public Works in his opinion that the granting of this application would create an undesriable precedent.
Memorandum from Acting Secretary to Watch and Works Committee. Shanghai, May 10, 1926. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-3-1081 (1160).
Application by the Chinese Y.M.C.A. for permission to place banners across Nanking Road and Szechuen Road, with adverse report by the Works Department. Former file attached.
I would suggest that on the grounds of precedent, the objection of the PW.D. to the erection of banners over main roads should be sustained.
Letter from Acting Secretary to Y.M.C.A. Shanghai, May 12, 1926. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-3-1081 (1161).