Jokes for all Occasions
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Funny?? Better for Historical Research
If you want to research how much humor for all occasions has changed in a century, this book is a good resource. If you do not enjoy racist/ ethnic stereotypes, including attempts at phonetical-representations of dialect, you won't find much that is humorous in this volume. Written in 1920-21, it does serve as a reminder of how much has changed in the USA and the world as a result of the Great Depression, WWII, the conflicts from Korea to Afghanistan, and the waves of immigration that followed. There are a few examples that remain funny, these are classical gems that have probably been around in different forms for millennia. Regrettably most of the "jokes" depend on stereotypes and on portrayals of ignorance attributed to specific types or groups of people, to an extent most of us no longer find amusing. Older readers may recognize some of the embarrassing jokes they heard from elderly grandparents when they were small children. When we were those children, most of us found the jokes made us uncomfortable without knowing why we felt so bad. Now we can recognize the source of our discomfort. These are old jokes but most are not truly classical in form or intent. The only redeeming values of such a collection is to demonstrate how society has changed, and to provide some insight into why it had to change. Use the book as a resource or reference of social change and it has true value; use it hoping for timeless humor and you will find it generates only conflict and loss.
jokes my grandpa would like...