‘It’s Great to Be Alive!’ Vintage Safety Manual

Thank you to Gene Gable

25 comments to ‘It’s Great to Be Alive!’ Vintage Safety Manual

  • Mark


  • joanne ciccone

    My husband has one or two of these manual. They weren’t instructive but sure scared the bejesus out of you!

  • Emily

    Should be called, “Sucks to be Crippled or Dead”.

  • Jennifer

    Well, *I* will certainly never hide in leaf piles on the road ever again.

  • Scott Clark

    Reads like a Mr. Bill script. Ohhh Noooooooo!!!

    now excuse me while I wrap my kids in bubble wrap.

  • Scott Clark

    @joanne – scan and post! scan and post!

  • Mairzy Doats

    @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.

  • rochatter

    I’m never leaving my house again. It’s just too damn dangerous.

  • Yamara

    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?

  • peppergrass

    I had no idea leaf piles were such death traps.

  • alan

    Funny, but it looks like the friendly police officer is also the overly friendly guy in the movie theater. D’oh!

  • Emily

    it seems like most of these people could have used a few more bike riding lessons

  • kevin smith

    i’m not even going to let my kids out of the house after seeing this!!!

  • MarkBiwwa

    Yeah, leaf piles suck.

  • Landon

    At least the children of other ethnic groups are safe.

  • Shannon LC Cate

    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.

  • Elysabeth

    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)

  • Alex

    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. :)

  • Kaitlyn

    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…. :-D

  • Alan

    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.

  • Billie

    The creep in the movie theatre also looks like the E.M.T in image 7!

  • Brian Gonigal

    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?

  • Jonas Weikop

    Warning! Living is dangerous to your health, you can die from it!

  • Joan K

    Bicycles were far more dangerous back then, obviously. I don’t know how any of us survived…

  • Ant

    who uses metal kite strings?

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