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August 24, 2016

It's Great To Be Alive! – A Grim Safety Manual Booklet for Kids From the 1950s

According to this 1950s Police Safety League booklet there is life threatening danger at every turn for the teen and pre-teen. Going through these scanned images from It's Great To Be Alive!, two things quickly become obvious: kids from the 1950s were terrible bicycle riders and they also did a lot of stupid, dangerous things.

It would be a great idea to shock children into being safe by painting morbid scenarios of what could happen if you didn't exercise caution and common sense. This little booklet didn't mince words: there's maiming, crippling, and death sprinkled throughout its sometimes disturbing and unintentionally funny illustrations. So let's have a look...

(via Go Retro!)


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