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Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

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

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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Prohibition makes criminals of us all.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to Jaybird says:

      Oh, ya think he got subpoenaed over illicit hooch?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to North says:

        Here’s my thought process:

        It’s 1929.
        Getting a subpoena is something that happens to you for reasons that are generally unpleasant. Certainly one out of the blue.
        He’s probably getting it over being a material witness to something.

        What is he a material witness to?
        Murder? B&E? General Mayhem?

        It’d be really creepy for it to be any of those.

        HOWEVER. We’ve seen a half-dozen comics about booze, glorious booze.

        (It being 1929 *MIGHT* mean that he’s a witness to something crash-related (like corruption or something), but he has a job and his co-workers are complaining about his mood which means that they have bandwidth to complain about his mood which tells me that this is *BEFORE* the crash.)Report

        • Avatar gregaink in reply to Jaybird says:

          The “Boss” who loudly tells his servant ( or waiter?) he isnt’ hungry but will have a giant mound of food just for a starter and who is up feeling great at sunrise. Well he isn’t drinking much himself and is being drawn as a rich guy. One of his workers wants to quit and he can “go chase himself” so he may not be a well loved boss.

          But District is spelled with a K which is a sign of the Kanon movement.Report

        • Avatar North in reply to Jaybird says:

          I don’t think it’s unreasonable. I just wasn’t sure if a wealthy businessman in the 20’s might not just have summons for business related nonsense as well. But I agree with you that illicit hooch is a pretty likely culprit too.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Actually, we have lawyers. Hey guys! Any insight into what someone would get called into the District Court the next day in the late 20’s?Report

    • Avatar Kolohe in reply to Jaybird says:

      not a lawyer, but Briggs’ characters do seem to get involved in a lot of questionable financial transactions, that, even though not technically illegal* (and generally not entirely immoral**), did tend to blow up and thus precipitate lawsuits.

      *because nothing was illegal

      **because no one was doing enough due diligence at this level of business.Report