Real Shoe Shiner At Home

Clare Briggs

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

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7 Responses

  1. North says:

    Very obviously relatively recent immigrants and clearly having a good chuckle- I like the dynamic.Report

  2. CJColucci says:

    Another example of a person in a humble calling, proud of his work, who seems to live at a decent level of material comfort. Was it really like that then?Report

    • Jaybird in reply to CJColucci says:

      Obviously not. This cartoon is a Gone With The Wind-esque whitewashing of the past that was an obvious attempt to make the ruling White classes feel better about their oppression of POCs.Report

    • North in reply to CJColucci says:

      Well, in this one specifically all it’s showing is they have a (maybe?) stay at home wife, a jacket, a chair and an apartment or home. For a city dweller that isn’t unreasonable. I agree that some of the previous portrayals seemed to show people like milk men appearing in pretty toff settings.Report

  3. Chip Daniels says:

    Working title: “Jar-Jar Binks At Home”.Report

    • North in reply to Chip Daniels says:

      I’m with CJ, I believe the artist is portraying a recent Italian immigrant speaking their recently learned English. Of course in reality when he came home he’d simply speak Italian with his wife.Report