You’re going to hear a lot about the time capsule that is my Mother’s attic.
I was rooting around up there last month and ran across a 24-page The Police Safety Review booklet that was distributed by the Cape Girardeau Police Department in what had to have been the mid-to-late 50s.
Archeologists determine dates by examining objects found near the target and by carbon dating. I used the first method, but mostly relied on a Rube Goldberg cartoon in it that was copyrighted in 1954. (Yes, it was THAT Rube Goldberg, but it was done in a style that you don’t normally associate with the crazy gadget guy.)
Cape Girardeau Police Department and Patrons
Safety tips show why Baby Boomers don’t run with scissors
In a nutshell, kids were told that actions have consequences. If you were a scofflaw or careless, bad things were going to happen. You’d be
- Injured severely
- Scarred for life
- Have your bike taken away
- Have a mark on your permanent record
- All of the above
Really cool, gory drawings
They knew their audience. Almost everybody came to a bad end in a particularly gruesome manner.