Laughing All the Way to New York

Jingles & Jokes for Little Folks. Joyful Tales Series. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1869.

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Five different amusing and moralistic rhymes are bound together in this modest eight-page book issued not long after the end of the Civil War. On the cover, a mother watches her young child playing at soldiering. The pages don’t include jokes as we understand them today – the rhymes are more like multi-part limericks.  For example: “Wicked Willie Wimble / Stole his Granny’s thimble / And she could not catch him / Because she was not nimble.”

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