The Servant Problem

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

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

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    “When I was young I never expected to be rich as to have a motor car, or so poor that we wouldn’t have servants.”

    -Agatha ChristieReport

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    I wonder who the target audience was for this comic back when it was originally published. Doesn’t seem like a topic with a mass audience in mind. If anything it is probably more common now to have someone come in once or twice a week to clean.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq
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      From the late 18th century to the early 20th century, nearly every middle class household could afford a live in servant. Many could afford more than one servant. Being a servant used to be one of the largest occupation categories.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird
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      I imagine that if “Henry” got a look at this comic, he’d be pleased as punch.Report

      • Avatar North
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        Probably the subject of one of Briggs home life pieces. “Honey, I’m home, you won’t guess what the boss said about me to his chums today!”Report

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