Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Little Chicken On the Side

Here's Herman Harms sending a playful postcard to Minnie Rossow in October 1914.

2015-11-19. 1914-10-21-a
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Images courtesy of Eldon Harms.

2015-11-19. 1914-10-21-b

His use of a phrase known better in its less grammatically correct form — "how's tricks?" — made me wonder when that got started … which led me to a Dictionary of Catch Phrases that has found the phrase in writing as early as 1904.

I can't trace the source of the last sentence in Herman's message.


Rachel said...

Is there any chance that refers to that the Jehovah's witnesses had a prediction the world would end in 1914? Maybe he was joking about and using jokey language.

Ainsworthiana said...

I had no idea the Jehovah's Witnesses thought the world was going to end in 1914. I'll bet they were embarrassed when it didn't!