[Ads-l] Possible "Bob's Your Uncle" antedating

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 6 12:32:37 EST 2017


Excellent find, Bill. The phrase appeared as the title of a new song
in an advertisement. There was no apostrophe in "BOBS YOUR UNCLE" for
this instance.

Date: January 11, 1923
Periodical: The Stage
Periodical Location: London
Printed and Published by the Proprietors at The Stage Office, 16, York
Street, Covent Garden, W.G.
Advertisement: DAREWSKI SONG AND DANCE SUCCESSES, HERMAN DAREWSKI
MUSIC PUBLISHING CO.
Sub-Section: New Songs
Quote Page 28, Column 2
Database: britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

[Begin excerpt - double check or typos]
NEW SONGS

YOU MAY HAVE SOME LOVING BUT YOU CAN"T HAVE IT ALL
DEAREST YOU'RE THE NEAREST TO MY HEART
FOREVER
TRIFLING
TOMAHAWK BLUES
BOBS YOUR UNCLE
[End excerpt]

The words FOREVER and TRIFLING are on two lines and might be two song
titles or one song title.

Garson

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 11:43 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
> Stephen Goranson pushed this back to 1924 (below).
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> I don't have a British Newspaper Archive subscription, but the search results from there show a possible example in 1923 from "The Stage".  It may be a song title.
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> Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
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> Previously on this list, "Bob's your uncle" was noted in a 1932 book reprinting publications from Glasgow, Scotland.
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0910E&L=ADS-L&P=R1116&I=-3&d=No+Match%3BMatch%3BMatches
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> Later, some possible (snippet) newspaper mentions from 1928 and 1929 were noted.
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> At British Newspaper Archive seven (unconfirmed) snippets mention an entertainment, a revue, "BOB'S YOUR UNCLE." All of these are (presented as) from the Evening Telegraph, perhaps interestingly, also in (Angus) Scotland.
> http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results/1914-01-01/1924-12-31?basicsearch=%22bob%27s%20your%20uncle%22&phrasesearch=bob%27s%20your%20uncle&sortorder=score
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> Stephen Goranson
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