MY SON, A Buckbee Brehm publication, post-WWI
My son, while your life’s in the making,
Prepare for the work you will do.
Consider each road you are taking,
Don’t start till you’re sure to go through;
Remember its work that produces,
Mere smartness is not near enough.
You cannot cash in on excuses.
No alibi gets you the stuff:
The world is all yours if you show it
The finest and best you can do:
You’ve got the right stuff and I know it
My boy, all my faith is in you.
Below the motto is the poet’s name, Isidor Schneider. Reading the motto MY SON, it is hard to believe that Isidor Schneider became very radical during the Great Depression. His poetry summoned working class people to demand their rights and take a place in the social scene.
Lucky for us, Schneider wrote SON during an earlier time in his life, and Buckbee Brehm published this glorious motto.
Buckbee Brehm did not include the illustrator’s name nor the copyright date. What a shame. The illustrator integrated the many careers opened to a young person. The motto is of a father advising his son the importance of hard work as he sets out to find a career of his choosing.
Original: Motto – mint condition frame – note the scallops on its outer edge. It screams post-WWI Glass – clear Dust-Cover – greenish. Hanger – much sought after cloverleaf design engraved Buckbee Brehm. As a proud parent consider this motto for you son. Enjoy.
Dimensions: 7 3/4” x 10 3/4”
Comment: It is hard to believe Schneider could write such a poem as MY SON.