[Ads-l] shoot one's wad (1860)/brokerages

paul johnson paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Wed Aug 9 06:49:53 EDT 2017


no proof, but when I was tending bar on LaSalle St. in Chicago in the 
60's the stockbrokers did have the best jokes.


On 8/9/2017 5:15 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Even so, the two vols. of _Anecdota Americana_ (1927, 1934) together
> contain *one thousand* dirty jokes.
>
> They provide the foundation of Legman's massive two-volume analysis of the
> subject.
>
> JL
>
> On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:
>
>> I think that jokes, and especially dirty jokes, were told much more
>> frequently in the past.  Probably a key reason is the rise of discount
>> brokerage.  Back when stockbrokers offered a much more personalized
>> service, individual stockbrokers (once known as customers’ men, but now
>> known as registered representatives) would call up their customers and
>> start out with a joke.  This was actually a key vector in the dissemination
>> of new jokes.  But brokerage commissions are too low today to justify
>> calling customers in the hope of getting an order.
>>
>>
>> John Baker
>>
>>
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>> Of Jonathan Lighter
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>>
>> Actually the date is 1934 (vol. I was 1927).
>>
>> 1934 "J. Mortimer Hall" _Anecdota Americana_ II (rpt. N. Hollywood: Brandon
>> House, 1968) : He no sooner mounts me than he shoots his load and is
>> through.
>>
>> It must have taken many, many years to compile this collection of dirty
>> jokes - unless they were a lot more commonly told than they are now.
>>
>> JL
>>
>>
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