c.1950s: ‘It’s Great to Be Alive!’ Safety Manual Chris September 4, 2011 1950-1959, Books & ephemera 42 CommentsFavourited 1382 times Add to favourites 42 Responses Mark September 4, 2011 CRIPPLED FOR LIFE!!!! Reply joanne ciccone September 4, 2011 My husband has one or two of these manual. They weren’t instructive but sure scared the bejesus out of you! Reply Emily September 4, 2011 Should be called, “Sucks to be Crippled or Dead”. Reply Jennifer September 4, 2011 Well, *I* will certainly never hide in leaf piles on the road ever again. Reply Scott Clark September 4, 2011 Reads like a Mr. Bill script. Ohhh Noooooooo!!! now excuse me while I wrap my kids in bubble wrap. Reply Scott Clark September 4, 2011 @joanne – scan and post! scan and post! Reply Mairzy Doats September 4, 2011 @Jennifer–you and me both! I had no idea how dangerous hiding in a pile of leaves can be! Whew, we’re lucky to be alive. Reply rochatter September 4, 2011 I’m never leaving my house again. It’s just too damn dangerous. Reply Yamara September 5, 2011 They keep placing those big tempting piles of leaves right in the middle of the street! And what’s with all the plastic bags with printed instructions on how to suffocate babies? Reply peppergrass September 5, 2011 I had no idea leaf piles were such death traps. Reply alan September 5, 2011 Funny, but it looks like the friendly police officer is also the overly friendly guy in the movie theater. D’oh! Reply Emily September 5, 2011 it seems like most of these people could have used a few more bike riding lessons Reply kevin smith September 6, 2011 i’m not even going to let my kids out of the house after seeing this!!! Reply MarkBiwwa September 6, 2011 Yeah, leaf piles suck. Reply Landon September 8, 2011 At least the children of other ethnic groups are safe. Reply Shannon LC Cate September 8, 2011 My first grade teacher (1975) used to tell us this story about a kid sledding down a hill in a big cardboard box and into the street where a truck ran over it. Then she would tell us about how her daughter had a terrible car accident when a blanket blew off of another car and covered her windshield. I got the “don’t sled in a cardboard box” message, but I’m not sure what first graders were supposed to do about blankets blowing onto car windshields. Reply Elysabeth September 9, 2011 That is scary but funny too – I agree that the police officer looks like the stranger in the theater – so maybe police officers aren’t our friends – lol. And what about the train one – although I’ve known a few accidents to happen on tracks – probably wouldn’t be walking that close to the tracks and not hear or fell the train – The message seems to not be on a bicycle pretty much anywhere you go – Thanks for sharing with us. Elysabeth Eldering Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery (coming soon) Reply Alex September 10, 2011 Great stuff, man. The creep in the movie theatre is a complete pedobear. Loved the gore when the kid tried to hide in the leaves. Reply Kaitlyn September 13, 2011 I was a mite disturbed at the kids sticking out from under the truck and train…. I guess that was the point, huh? Perhaps the title of this should be “watch the hell where you’re going!” as most of these accidents could have been prevented by doing just that… ….And I agree, you never know WHERE that leaf pile is gonna end up…. Reply Alan September 15, 2011 I think the real evil ones are the bicycles hurling children to their deaths. It must be a global plan the bicycles have to replace people as the dominant species on the planet. Fortunately image number 13 shows us that if we spill red Gatoraid it will give us superpowers. Reply Billie September 20, 2011 The creep in the movie theatre also looks like the E.M.T in image 7! Reply Brian Gonigal October 30, 2011 Who exactly is the intended audience for this booklet? If it’s the sort of kids that need to be told not to hide in a pile of leaves in the middle of the street, then is it really appropriate to suggest one panel earlier that it’s OK for them to go ahead and build bonfires themselves, just to be careful about it? Reply Jonas Weikop November 4, 2011 Warning! Living is dangerous to your health, you can die from it! Reply Joan K November 4, 2011 Bicycles were far more dangerous back then, obviously. I don’t know how any of us survived… Reply Ant November 6, 2011 who uses metal kite strings? Reply Mike Nash November 18, 2011 My two brothers and I convinced my mom to drive us go to Norma Jean Carter’s house for the 4th in 1961. Her parents owned a bar somewhere in Austin with a refirgerator graveyard where we made out with Norma and her two sisters. Thank god the doors had been removed. Reply JimV November 30, 2011 Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the Kings horses, And all the Kings men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again. “Don’t sit on a wall, if you’re an egg…” Reply WaltB November 30, 2011 Why are the guys playing in traffic all carrying guns? Reply Xene March 1, 2012 They’re gangstas. Actually, I think they’re little kids playing cobs and robbers or cowboys. Reply Scarlach December 1, 2011 Do Beware of John Waters Reply Pat Hand December 1, 2011 When I was a kid in the 1960s, we got books in schools telling us not to accept candy from strangers. But I don’t they told us the real reason we shouldn’t. I think one book said the candy might be an explosive of some sort. Reply Mimzy Bannon December 3, 2011 Don’t ride your bike through a leaf pile, unless you wanna kill us all. Reply Sandee December 6, 2011 OMG, Scarlach, I thought the same thing! Too funny! Reply John W Kennedy December 9, 2011 Actually, there was a fatal case of a girl killed by a truck while hiding in a pile of leaves as recently as 2004. And the clear intent of the artist is that the pile of leaves is not “in the middle of the street” but on the curb; the truck is a leaf-pickup truck. Reply klin June 15, 2012 damn, i love playing in abandoned ice boxes. Reply Judy Willox July 24, 2012 Well. we all know that we don’t get out of this world alive. ;o) Great nostalgic book however. Reply TR July 31, 2012 So remember kiddies, that playing around ‘parked’ cars can be fatal. Don’t worry about the moving ones? I guess moving cars have drivers in them and thats what makes them safer to be around. And don’t ever twist the handlebars of your bike or Mike will have to go to the hospital. Some kinda “Faces of Death” for kids here… Reply Pistachio September 1, 2012 I’m a bit disturbed that the Policeman in panel 2, also features in panel 12 as the over friendly “stranger”. Reply Aristocrat September 8, 2012 “POLICE OFFICERS ARE YOUR FRIENDS” I don’t think so. Reply Aristocrat September 8, 2012 I’m confused. They tell us not to play in abandoned iceboxes, but that’s how Indiana Jones survived an A-Bomb blast. Shouldn’t they be telling kids TO hide in iceboxes for safety? Reply Penina September 15, 2012 Hey, Kids!! For MORE Tasteless fun… Google the phrase “Chrante deti” No-one actually knows what “Chrante Deti” MEANS, but it’s a series of either gum or tobacco card images ALSO showing the dangers of growing up! Around our house we use the term whenever we read or hear of some horrid accident or some Darwinbait offing himself for the genetic good of society. “Did you read about that guy who ended up dead, in a ghillie suit being hit by two cars while trying to imitate Bigfoot?” “No, but… chrante deti!” (usually the punchline is said in unison! LOL) Reply Zerdav October 10, 2012 ‘Chrante deti’ means, Keep kids safe. It’s a message to parents, not kids. 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