A New Year’s Joke

Here’s your chance to play a joke (circa 1906) on all your friends.  This helpful suggestion from an exchange was printed in the February 1, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Save It For 1907.

Here is a little New Year’s joke that furnished a lot of fun for some fun-loving people who enjoy innocent jokes, and readers who remember it can utilize it on next New Year’s day.

Bright and early on the morning of January 1, Mrs. M. went to the telephone and called up a friend.  As soon as she received the answering hello she asked:

“Is this one, nine, nought, six?”

“No, this is 4433,” was the reply.

“Are you right sure it is not one, nine, nought, six?”

“I guess I ought to know.  We’ve had this ‘phone for more than a year and it has always been 4433,” growled the absent one.

“Well,” said Mrs. M., “I guess, if you’ll stop and think a minute you’ll see that this is 1906.”

And then she would disconnect before a reply could be made and call up another friend.

 

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