More good Edwardian jokes

Edwardian joke book third page 001For some reason, puns ( usually by Tim Vine ) often win the best gag contest at the Edinburgh Fringe. We at Jot 101 are at a loss to understand why this should be so. Truly witty people hardly ever use puns to get a laugh. In the following third helping of samples from a small bound collection of cuttings collected by a comedian around the year 1900 there are no puns, just witty, often sardonic, or even zany,  asides. They are all the better for that.


Druggist: “ Yes, madam, I remember very well your buying a stamp.”

Lady: “ Well I put it on a very important letter and posted it. It has not been received. I want you to understand that I shall buy my stamps elsewhere if this occurs again.”


“ Excuse me, but it seems to me that I must have met you before. Are you not a brother or near relative of Major Jones ?”

“ No, I am Major Jones himself.”

“ Ah, indeed ! That explains the remarkable resemblance “.


A French lady once said to her husband, who was much given to gesticulation, “ Don’t talk so much, dear, you’ll tire your arms.”


Mr Howland: “I tell you, Maria, you’re worrying over nothing. I can stop smoking any time I want to.”

Mrs Howland: “Well, then, stop now.”

Mr Howland: “But I don’t want to now.”


Visitor: “So your brother is taking lessons on the violin. Is he making progress?”

Little girl: “ Yes’m; he’s got so now we can tell whether he is tuning or playing.”


“ How do you pronounce t-o?”

Answer: “To”

“ How do you pronounce t-o-o?”

Answer “Too”

“How do you pronounce t-w-o?”


“And how do you pronounce the second day of the week?”


“Well, you may call it so if you like, but I call it Monday.”


“Mamma, what is classical music?”

“Oh, don’t you know? It’s the kind that you have to like whether you like it or not.”



“ Has she given you any encouragement?”

“ Oh, yes! She says she will get all of her father’s money some day.”


Professor: “What happens to gold when it is exposed to the air?”

Student (after a long reflection): “It’s stolen.”


Mrs Slybel: “That boy grows more like his father every day.”

The Caller: “Poor dear. And have you tried everything?”


Tramp: “My pard says ye jist guv him sixpence for having one leg.”

B.Neveolent: “ Yes, I did.”

Tramp: “Gimme a shilling, won’t yer? I’ve got two.”








One thought on “More good Edwardian jokes

  1. Alwyn Turner

    These are excellent. But the dating is slightly too early. I looked up in the Newspaper Archive this joke:
    ‘What selection is that the orchestra have just finished?’
    ‘I don’t know. Sounded to me like neuralgia expressed in music.’
    and it first appears in January 1910.


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