My article on the transatlantic circulation of a 19th century newspaper joke has just been published in the Journal of Victorian Culture. ‘You Kick the Bucket; We Do the Rest!’: Jokes and the Culture of Reprinting in the Transatlantic Press "In December 1893 the Conservative candidate for Flintshire addressed an audience at Mold Constitutional Club. After he had finished attacking Gladstone and the local Liberal incumbent, he ended his speech with a joke. He advised the Conservative party to adopt, with regard to the government, the sign of an American undertaker: ‘You kick the bucket; we do the rest’. How did a sign belonging to a Nevadan undertaker become the subject of a joke told at a political meeting in North Wales? This unlikely question forms the basis of this article. Using new digital archives, it tracks the journey of the gag from its origins in New York, its travels around America, its trip across the Atlantic, its circulation throughout Britain and its eventual leap into political discourse. The article uses the joke to illuminate the workings of a broader culture of transatlantic reprinting. During the final quarter of the nineteenth century miscellaneous ‘snippets’ cut from the pages of the American [...]
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This stupid joke has made me laugh on five separate occasions. Send help... pic.twitter.com/vzNaBSxrT214 hours ago
GIRLS IN THEIR GIGGLEHOOD & DEVILS WITH COLORED MOUSTACHES (Tri-States Union [Port Jervis, NY], May 26, 1870… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…1 day ago
@digitalpigeons It's a beautiful spot! Any interesting discoveries?1 day ago
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More alphabet-themed Victorian flirting. Who could resist? pic.twitter.com/3vnZzaQvWj2 days ago