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The English church down the road was having one of its biannual sales, and we picked up a bunch of books for three Swiss Francs each. The first one I opened when we got home was this 1936 edition of The World's Best Jokes. I cannot recall ever seeing anything quite so toe-curlingly tasteless and unfunny. There is stiff competition, but my current front-runner is the following little poem from Section XXVI, "Negro Dialect":
Ef I wuz de President
Of dese United States
I'd live on 'lasses ca
I might be receiving more than a few rolling eyes when people see my first book review is a joke book, although what can be learned from this 1936 joke book may surprise you. This book provides a realistic insight into how the common citizens of the early 20th century viewed life, racism, stereotypes, etc. It has chapters to indicate what types of jokes you will be reading. Nothing too surprising about the chapters on Limericks, College Jokes, Jokes About Doctors, Lawyers, Preachers and such. ...more