While we are absolutely a genealogy blog, we still appreciate a good (historical) laugh. This piece, care of NPR’s History Department, focuses on jokes from the 19th century.
Here are half a dozen from the 1800s, lightly edited, that may still play well to contemporary sensibilities:
1870: While passing a house on the road, two Virginia salesmen spotted a “very peculiar chimney, unfinished, and it attracting their attention, they asked a flaxen-haired urchin standing near the house if it ‘drawed well’ whereupon the aforementioned urchin gave them the stinging retort: ‘Yes, it draws all the attention of all the d——d fools that pass this road.'” Daily Milwaukee News,May 21, 1870
1872: A man said to a preacher, “That was an excellent sermon, but it was not original.” The preacher was taken aback. The man said he had a book at home containing every word the preacher used. The next day the man brought the preacher a dictionary. Daily Phoenix, April 4, 1872
1888: There was a man whose last name was Rose. As a lark, he named his daughter Wild, “with the happy conceit of having her called Wild Rose.” But that sentiment was “knocked out” when the woman grew up to marry a man whose last name was Bull. Weekly Journal-Miner in Prescott, Ariz., May 23, 1888
1890: Whatever troubles Adam had / No man could make him sore / By saying when he told a jest / “I’ve heard that joke before.” Philadelphia Times, Feb. 23, 1890
1896: A fellow tells his ma that there are two holes in his trousers — and then tells her that’s where he puts his feet through. Cincinnati Enquirer, Nov. 1, 1896
1899: A man got up one morning and couldn’t find his alarm clock, so he asked his wife what had become of it. She said “It went off at 6 o’clock.” Salt Lake Herald, April 27, 1899
You can follow the author, Linton Weeks @NPRHistoryDept. You can read more of his work here at NPR’s History Department. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!
Full original article link: http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/11/10/455415340/6-jokes-from-19th-century-america?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2037
Image credit: Comic actor Fanny Rice, sometimes billed as the Funniest Woman in America, in 1896, from the Library of Congress.