Welcome to George Peabody Library's Wunderkammer!

From dandies in danger to the lusty dramas of educated fleas, the George Peabody Library proves that the past was indeed STRANGE! Visit us in Baltimore (don't worry, in addition to the strange things depicted here, we also have plenty of old and rare and classy books, too).

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It’s time for Funny Friday! Are you ready for one of the best jokes ever? Here’s a major hoot for you:
Wifey: “Go back and fight him, you coward.”Hubby: “But he’s given me two black eyes already.”Wifey: “Well, he can’t give you anymore, can he?”
Call No.: 818 .5202 B4644 1929Location: George Peabody Library

It’s time for Funny Friday! Are you ready for one of the best jokes ever? Here’s a major hoot for you:

Wifey: “Go back and fight him, you coward.”
Hubby: “But he’s given me two black eyes already.”
Wifey: “Well, he can’t give you anymore, can he?”

Call No.: 818 .5202 B4644 1929
Location: George Peabody Library

Is she demented or smiling at her own jesterly awesomeness? Let’s see what kind of jokes such a smiling and winning visage is promoting!
"How is your younger brother, the surgeon, doing?""First rate. He recently operated on his tenth patient and the man lived twenty hours."
Call No.: 808 .882 Sm 43 1915Location: George Peabody Library

Is she demented or smiling at her own jesterly awesomeness? Let’s see what kind of jokes such a smiling and winning visage is promoting!

"How is your younger brother, the surgeon, doing?"
"First rate. He recently operated on his tenth patient and the man lived twenty hours."

Call No.: 808 .882 Sm 43 1915
Location: George Peabody Library

Friday Funnies! (AKA Antiquated & Really Bad Jokes)
Who says research libraries don’t have fun books?  Are you ready to groan at a really sexist joke that supposedly left vaudeville audiences in stitches? Um, it will totally put some snap, crackle, & pop in your day:
She: “What will people say when they see me in this short skirt?”The Brute: “They’ll probably say I married you for your money.”Call No.:  818 .5202 So548 1915Location: George Peabody Library

Friday Funnies! (AKA Antiquated & Really Bad Jokes)

Who says research libraries don’t have fun books?  Are you ready to groan at a really sexist joke that supposedly left vaudeville audiences in stitches? Um, it will totally put some snap, crackle, & pop in your day:

She: “What will people say when they see me in this short skirt?”
The Brute: “They’ll probably say I married you for your money.”

Call No.:  818 .5202 So548 1915
Location: George Peabody Library


Chopped cigars?  Veiled hints at castration?  Just what would Freud say?
Hubbie: Dear, we must begin to economize.Wife:  I did  today.  I cut all your cigars in half so you’ll have twice as many.
Call No.: 808 .882 B924 1916Location: George Peabody Library

Chopped cigars? Veiled hints at castration? Just what would Freud say?

Hubbie: Dear, we must begin to economize.
Wife: I did today. I cut all your cigars in half so you’ll have twice as many.

Call No.: 808 .882 B924 1916
Location: George Peabody Library

Jokes Perfect for Every Octoberfest!
Boy do we have a joke for you straight from the vaudeville circuit of 1914 — a joke so great that it will magically put a pretzel on your watch-fob.  Don’t believe us? Well, just look at the cover illustration to New Dutch Jokes, or what we like to alternatively call Leave My Sausage Alone, and see that miracles really do happen!  Ready for the joke?  Here it is:
A  German boy at school, out  West, when called on to recite his lesson in  history was asked, “What  is ther German diet composed of?”The boy replied, “Sour-kraut, schnapps, and lager beer.”  The boy was instantly promoted.
It’s funny because it’s true!
Call No.: 818 .5202 H42 1914Location: George Peabody Library

Jokes Perfect for Every Octoberfest!

Boy do we have a joke for you straight from the vaudeville circuit of 1914 — a joke so great that it will magically put a pretzel on your watch-fob.  Don’t believe us? Well, just look at the cover illustration to New Dutch Jokes, or what we like to alternatively call Leave My Sausage Alone, and see that miracles really do happen!  Ready for the joke?  Here it is:

A German boy at school, out West, when called on to recite his lesson in history was asked, “What is ther German diet composed of?”
The boy replied, “Sour-kraut, schnapps, and lager beer.” The boy was instantly promoted.

It’s funny because it’s true!

Call No.: 818 .5202 H42 1914
Location: George Peabody Library

Not That Kind of Hash, Silly!
Instead, these are old-fashioned jokes guaranteed to offer a quick spit shine to the greasy spoon of your choice!  Hungry for a joke?  Then I hope this fills your belly with laughter (though it most likely won’t):Flip Boarder - Well, what have we got to eat this morning?Frosty Landlady - You ain’t got to eat nothing if you don’t want to.Call No.:  818 .5202 Ed33 1915Location: George Peabody Library

Not That Kind of Hash, Silly!

Instead, these are old-fashioned jokes guaranteed to offer a quick spit shine to the greasy spoon of your choice!  Hungry for a joke?  Then I hope this fills your belly with laughter (though it most likely won’t):

Flip Boarder - Well, what have we got to eat this morning?
Frosty Landlady - You ain’t got to eat nothing if you don’t want to.

Call No.:  818 .5202 Ed33 1915
Location: George Peabody Library

Hot Stuff and How!Here’s a joke that certainly went over well in the speakeasies:"Let me have a loaf of white bread, please.""Sorry, we have nothing but rye.""Oh, boy!  Fine!  Gimme a quart."Call No.: 818 .5202 P398 1929Location: George Peabody Library

Hot Stuff and How!

Here’s a joke that certainly went over well in the speakeasies:
"Let me have a loaf of white bread, please."
"Sorry, we have nothing but rye."
"Oh, boy!  Fine!  Gimme a quart."

Call No.: 818 .5202 P398 1929
Location: George Peabody Library

Sassy, Salty Humor!
The cover is like Toy Story for sassy condiments!  Here’s a risque pregnancy joke straight from the vaudeville acts of 1915, courtesy of Baltimore’s very own publishers of yore, the Ottenheimer Brothers!:
Lady: “How much are your lollipops for children?”Clerk: “Fifty cents for a dozen.”Lady: “Thanks, I’ve only got eleven.  I’ll call later.”
Call No.: 818 .5202 Sp42 1915Location: George Peabody Library

Sassy, Salty Humor!

The cover is like Toy Story for sassy condiments! Here’s a risque pregnancy joke straight from the vaudeville acts of 1915, courtesy of Baltimore’s very own publishers of yore, the Ottenheimer Brothers!:

Lady: “How much are your lollipops for children?”
Clerk: “Fifty cents for a dozen.”
Lady: “Thanks, I’ve only got eleven. I’ll call later.”

Call No.: 818 .5202 Sp42 1915
Location: George Peabody Library

Want a Cure for a Manic Monday?  How About Some Roaring Jokes?
Wish  you were having a laugh?  Well, Roaring Jokes is surely a tonic for  every and any malady!  After all, just look at how giggly the  toothless fellow on the cover is!  He’s certainly about to bust right  out of his cravat.  Let’s select a random joke and just see what has him  in such a silly predicament:
"They tell me," said the professor, "that Mrs. Highroller is a very sympathetic person.""I  should say she was," say Harkaway.  "Why, when her husband eloped with  Mrs. Gayboy, she immediately sent Mrs. Gayboy a telegram of condolence."
How pithy!  How droll!
Call No.: 818 .5202 R5318 1915Location: George Peabody Library

Want a Cure for a Manic Monday?  How About Some Roaring Jokes?

Wish you were having a laugh? Well, Roaring Jokes is surely a tonic for every and any malady! After all, just look at how giggly the toothless fellow on the cover is! He’s certainly about to bust right out of his cravat. Let’s select a random joke and just see what has him in such a silly predicament:

"They tell me," said the professor, "that Mrs. Highroller is a very sympathetic person."
"I should say she was," say Harkaway. "Why, when her husband eloped with Mrs. Gayboy, she immediately sent Mrs. Gayboy a telegram of condolence."

How pithy! How droll!

Call No.: 818 .5202 R5318 1915
Location: George Peabody Library