After a long holiday weekend, your heads are probably a bit fuzzy and perhaps you’re overwhelmed with work, so it seemed safe to stick with something simple, i.e., comic books. So today we offer four lovingly executed illustrations of things not to do in emergency situations. Their original source — presumably some sort of Red-Cross-issued faux comic book — remains something of a mystery, though we can thank Mostly Forbidden Zone, an eclectic trove of vintage scans from old books and magazines, for their appearance online.
The last posting about Soviet industrial safety posters got us thinking about some other safety graphics from dark days gone by. These handsome renderings of electrocution are from the book Electrical Safety in 132 Pictures, published in Germany just a few years before Hitler made his power grab. They were originally scanned and uploaded by roboticist and hacker Bre Pettis, and a wider assortment can be found on his Flickr set. Enjoy and stay insulated!
Electrocution begins in infancy.
A classic case of overstimulation.
Beware the tannenbaum!
Such a shame to lose a lovely gartered Fräulein in this way. Who’s going to inherit that classic bakelite hair dryer?
Judging by these safety posters from the site English Russia it seems Soviet-era Russia was not quite the Workers’ paradise it was cracked up to be. At least we all got some handsome graphics out of all those industrial accidents they must’ve been struggling with.
Which is your favorite way to be maimed?
Translation: “Don’t leave anything without bracing.”
Translation: “I was drunk at work.”
Translation: “Hide the hair.”
Translation: “Don’t open the lid of the picker before the engine stops.”
Translation: “Don’t walk under the transmission arbor.”
More retro health & safety PSA goodness. Sing along with the singing pills: “We’re not candy. This is serious..serious, we could make you Delirious.” Really? If your pills are singing to you, isn’t there a good chance delirium has already set in?