… there were little reminders like this.
I see little warnings like this as the precursors to the old PSA’s like “This is your brain on drugs!” (showing a fried egg) or today’s PSA’s about sexually transmitted diseases. Yes, I recognize the sad irony in what simple “evils” were being warned about in the early part of the last century as compared to the warnings that are considered necessary today.
While some of the rhyming may be questionable, this is a warning that, while I don’t remember ever hearing this specific little ditty before, I have heard its warning all my life … don’t lay a book face down because you might break its spine. I don’t know if that warning is still valid with today’s hardback books, but the warning comes to mind any time I start to lay a book down, and almost always it makes me take the time to use a bookmark instead.
I found this on the back of one of Mama’s old photo albums that was marked “1928-30”.