Crackers in Bed

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crackers in bed

Crackers in Bed
1955 (original copyright 1953)

Peppered with some barely risque cartoons, this book is simply a collection of quotes, jokes (typical topics: big boobs, fat/thin, hillbilly, mild politics, drunks, etc.), and some small stories. It reminds me of the Reader’s Digest humor section or a Bob Hope tour, but not as good. I felt no sunshine in my night as the sub title promised. I am still trying to figure out what that means!

I couldn’t find out much about Fredericks, other than he wrote/edited similar books. I get a kick out the kitschy cover. You might crack a smile. It was a book that had a time and place, now a days it could be fun for nostalgia lovers, but otherwise it belongs in an archive.


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  1. I don’t know about putting sunshine into my night but this book would almost certainly put me to sleep.

    1. I think it’s the old one about being paid by being able to sleep with the lady of the house.

  2. I know Luella Parsons was a gossip columnist who was mostly well-known in the 30s and 40s but I never heard of those other people. Is Joe Laurie related to Hugh?

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