Fun Around Where They Are Building

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:

    This is a good way to get tetanus.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

      And yet, it was still a common place to play for me and my contemporaries, and none of us got tetanus. Possibly because we all got tetanus boosters more frequently than today’s “usual” interval. Like, if you got a puncture wound, they gave you a tetanus booster just in case. Didn’t help with this puncture wound, but boy were you safe when you got the next one nine months down the line. Plus iodine or Merthiolate. Red skin stains as a badge of courage.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Hey, me too. But this was ’23. According to the Wikipedia:

        The first vaccine for passive immunology was discovered by a group of German scientists under the leadership of Emil von Behring in 1890. The first inactive tetanus toxoid was discovered and produced in 1924. A more effective adsorbed version of the vaccine, created in 1938, was proven to be successful when it was used to prevent tetanus in the military during World War II.


  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Also of note: Skinny being told to come along as the gang is going off to drown some cats.Report

  3. Avatar Chip Daniels says:

    This looks like a scene from my childhood. They were always building something, and I first learned to love buildings by playing on construction sites after school.Report

  4. Avatar North says:

    This is far from unknown to my childhood from the 80’s but in all fairness we mostly were trapped performing labor for the same sites. Certainly in modern times I imagine it’s uncommon and certainly would raise great shrieks about liability, hazard and morality from all corners. But children were more common back then and child deaths were more of a fact of life than a special tragedy.Report

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