From Bill Johnston’s Joy Book, 1922
From Magazine of Wit, and American Harmonist, 1821
From The New Anecdota Americana, 1944
From Prenticiana: Or, Wit and Humor in Paragraphs, 1871
A small beer is a beer with low alcohol content that was often consumed in place of water.
From Mirth in Miniature, Or Bursts of Merriment, 1825
From Wit and Humor for Public Speakers, 1916
From Humor of Bulls and Blunders, 1906
My wife she’s so cosseyed that when she cries the tears run down the middle of her back. One day she tried to stop a car on 4th street and waved her hand and a car on 3rd. street stopped.
This was hand-written in the front of the book!
From Four Hundred Laughs, or, Fun Without Vulgarity, 1901
From Conceits, Clinches, Flashes, and Whimzies, 1639. This book is actually contained within a reprint collection, Shakespeare Jest-Books, 1864.
From Caricature: The Wit & Humor of a Nation in Picture, Song & Story, 1911