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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Roaring Twenties Collegiate Humor...





THEY DON’T DRINK,
THEY DON’T PET,
THEY HAVEN’T
BEEN TO COLLEGE YET!





[FIRST POPPA]: “DO YOU
THINK YOUR SON WILL SOON
FORGET ALL HE LEARNED
AT COLLEGE?”

[SECOND POPPA]: “I HOPE SO;
HE CAN’T MAKE A LIVING NECKING!





MARRIAGE IS AN INSTITUTION.
MARRIAGE IS LOVE.
LOVE IS BLIND.
THEREFORE, MARRIAGE IS AN
INSTITUTION FOR THE BLIND.





WE CALL HER MARIGOLD...
BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT
SHE’S TRYING TO DO.





MORONICA THINKS THE
POSTAGE STAMP IS A DANCE.”

“WELL, LETTER!”





“I’M A MUTE.”

“YOU DON’T SAY.”





“BUSY?”

“NO. YOU BUSY?”

“NO.”

“THEN LET’S GO TO CLASS!





“DO YOU FELLOWS WASH
YOUR OWN CLOTHES AT THE HOUSE?”

“HECK, NO.”

“WELL, WHAT’S THAT
WASHING MACHINE FOR?”

“THAT’S NO WASHING MACHINE.
THAT’S OUR COCKTAIL SHAKER!





SHE WAS SO DUMB
SHE WONDERED HOW
ELECTRIC LIGHT POLES
GREW IN A STRAIGHT LINE.





HE MAY BE AN ARTIST,
BUT HE SELDOM DRAWS
THE LINE.





What you’ve just finished reading are select, revised humor pieces from the magazine, College Humor... In 1922, a young guy named N.H. Swanson graduated from college. The following year, he began College Humor as a periodical anthology of collegiate humor from campuses across America. Going for 35 cents a pop – what was a pricy sum for such a publication back then – it went on to gain a circulation of about 800,000 and was quite the success. Ironically, the thing was mostly filled with moronic humor and cheesy puns...and you can definitely tell of a distinct sexism characteristic of the time. But, as Life Time Books’ This Fabulous Century: The Roaring Twenties (1969) states, “A certain amount of genuine wit, however, did sometimes glimmer feebly in College Humor.” And thus you get The Sitch on Fitch’s selection of pieces in this post.

By the way, “petting” or “to pet” meant to caress intimately; “necking” or “to neck” meant the same thing.

School is out, party at Abercrombie and ole Gatsby’s, and have a fashionable joke or two in hand!

Stay peppy FIERCE, old sport!