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The MBTA's courtesy campaign, all up in your face now, has precedent on its side: "'Campaigns to engender courtesy go back to the founding of the republic, as far as mass transit is concerned,' said Bradley H. Clarke, president of the Boston Street Railway Association. His personal collection includes a 1912 courtesy pamphlet from the Boston Elevated Railway and a 1942 poster admonishing passengers not to stand near the doors and block boarding and alighting, to 'help speed war transportation.'" Be a patriot, Boston: Don't be an asshole on the T. [Globe]