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
From Esar’s Comic Dictionary, 1943
From The London Budget of Wit, 1817
From Book of Anecdotes: And Joker’s Knapsack, 1871
From A Humorous Melange, 1881
From Bill Johnston’s Joy Book, 1922
From Anything for a Laugh, 1946
From A Book of Ford Jokes, 192?