[Ads-l] "No Irish need apply" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Aug 4 10:29:49 UTC 2015

"Coachman wanted....No Irish or colored man will be engaged." Mercantile Advertiser. NY, NY p. 3 col. 2. 8/11/1819 [AHN]

(I'm reminded of real or imagined "no dogs or sailors..." signs)


From: American Dialect Society ...on behalf of Ben Zimmer ...
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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "No Irish need apply" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Barry Popik has found examples from 1827.


26 September 1827, New-York (NY) Evening Post, pg. 3, col. 4:
COOK—Wanted immediately, in a small family, at 491 Broome street, a
white middle aged American woman, to cook and wash. None need apply
who cannot produce satisfactory reference from their last place as to
character & ability. No Irish need apply.

20 December 1827, New-York (NY) American, pg. 2, col. 5:
WANTED—at No. 300 Greenwich street, a good COOK:one that can bring
recommendations forindustry, neatness, and fidelity. No Irish need

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