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Oh Skin-Nay!: The Days of Real Sport

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A book by Wilbur D. Nesbit

Briggs is a masterful, if mostly forgotten, early 20th century cartoonist who is related to the Midwestern sentimentality of, say, Gasoline Alley's Frank King and the great illustrator Norman Rockwell. His work was nostalgic even for his contemporary … see full wiki

Author: Wilbur D. Nesbit
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
1 review about Oh Skin-Nay!: The Days of Real Sport

Great set of early twentieth century cartoons about the life of a male child

  • Feb 21, 2010
This book of cartoons and verse is a look back on an urban male childhood in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The content was originally published in 1913 and largely depicts boys at play, although many contain a section where a young boy is caring for a toddler, often holding a handkerchief and imploring a harder blowing of the nose.
However, having spent my childhood as a boy, I can attest to the fact that most of what the boys are doing in the cartoons was revisited in my childhood. The clothing, speech and mannerisms are certainly different, but the actions were the same. We played football and baseball, played many other games such as tag, swam in the creek, and were embarrassed by our friends when we paid attention to girls. We were always hungry, sometimes begging for more food but often sneaking it out of the cupboard.
Times change yet they don't, unfortunately the advent of cable television and video games have rendered outside activities to be less of a priority among young people. On average children are several pounds heavier now than they were years ago and that could be avoided if their lives were more like what is depicted in these cartoons. Reading this book brought back many happy memories of my childhood.

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