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Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA
1905 - Comedian Blunder
A comedian at Hazleton, Pennsylvania, tried to amuse an audience composed entirely of women, but some bitter gibes at old maids, and no doubt to his great astonishment was hissed off the stage.
It is pretty nearly time that the old maid joke was hissed off the earth, if only on account of its antiquity, for it has long passed the chloroform stage...
An old maid, is an old maid, either from choice, in which case the joke loses its point, or else from necessity, or from a sense of duty; in which case, it becomes gratuitously offensive.
I am afraid there are too many wives who would say that if there is any joke involved in the lottery of marriage it is at their expense and who say enviously that "the old maids are God's favorites."
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 18, 1905
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