10,000 Jokes, Toasts & Stories
edited by Copeland, Lewis and Faye
Published by HALCYON HOUSE, NEW YORK (1939)
Hardcover Measures 8.5x6x2 Weighs 2 pounds 10 ounces
Red cloth boards are sturdy. Gold text on spine. Lightly scuffed corners and edges. Inscription neatly written on first blank leaf dated Feb 14, 1941 Pages are clean, text is crisp.
Arranged by subject and completely indexed for ready reference.
IN COMPILING this large collection of jokes and other forms of brief humor,
the editors had a double purpose in mind. One was to present our heritage
of humor to the seekers of reading entertainment for their own pleasure
and relaxation. The other was to make easily available to public speakers
and others the funny stories and witty sayings they need to brighten their
addresses and illustrate their arguments.
Carrying out this twofold plan, the book has been divided into eleven
principal parts containing in all 126 major classifications. A comprehensive
index at the back of the book enables the reader to find what he wants,
classified not only according to a great variety of subjects but also ac
cording to abstract qualities such as conceit, encouragement, gratitude,
resourcefulness, tact, etc.
Acknowledgment is here made to the legion of story-tellers and wits
everywhere, the product of whose humor and originality has traveled
from person to person, from one public print to another, and—from one
generation to another. For the good joke is ageless. Even the oldest joke
is always new to some, and, cleverly embellished and properly modernized,
the chestnut often becomes the latest gag of the comedians of stage and
They say no joke is really new but has its origin in the hinterlands of
another day, the product of some distant unnamed jokesmith. So here is
our salute to all the merry company of wits who have made it their happy
business to concoct the food of laughter!