The Soda Clerk At Home

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    There’s an element to “this is what teetotalers are actually like” to this one.Report

  2. Avatar CJColucci says:

    It is hard to imagine that a soda jerk could sustain the apparent lifestyle portrayed in the cartoon — though it is always heartening to see people who take pride in their ability to do their humble work well.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    I cannot put my finger on why but these particular ones are some of my favorites. It’s always a pair of characters, husband and wife and something about their interaction and energy generally makes me feel good. Though in this one the husband seems entirely absorbed in his own musings.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to North says:

      There’s something about the interplay of a long-married couple that strikes a chord. Mariette Hartley and James Garner’s Polaroid commercials come to mind — many people refused to believe that they weren’t married.Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to North says:

      I think it’s that they seem a fundamentally happy couple, something that seems all-too-rarely portrayed in the media (perhaps even back then).

      Also, imagine a “soda jerk” being able to make a sufficiently good living for a decent house and decent clothes! I presume they were the equivalents of fast-food workers of our day.Report