A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 13, 2014
“Between pigeons and politicians, it’s hard to keep the courthouse clean”

"Between pigeons and politicians, it’s hard to keep the courthouse clean” is a jocular one-line saying. “Well, it’s hard to keep a courthouse clean with all the pigeons and politicians hanging around” was cited in print in 1969. It’s not known who originated the saying.


7 October 1969, Charleston (WV) Gazette, “The Gazetteer” by James Dent, pg. 13, col. 1:
Fellow says he heard a couple of fellows talking about how dirty the Kanawha County Courthouse looked and one of them said, “Well, it’s hard to keep a courthouse clean with all the pigeons and politicians hanging around.”

20 May 1971, The Register (Danville, VA), pg. 8-D classified ad:
King Cole Sez:
Between the pigeons and the politicians, it’s hard to keep the courthouse clean.
COLE FURNITURE CO.

30 October 1972, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “Broad View,” pg. 1, col. 1:
And the Augusta Optimist bulletin observes that “between the pigeons and the politicians, it’s hard to keep the courthouse clean.”

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20,000 Quips & Quotes
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The two chief reasons why it’s hard to keep a courthouse clean are pigeons and politicians.

Norfolk (NE) Daily News
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Merlin Wright | Posted Apr 2, 2007
(...)
Truly we live in a great country. Between the pigeons and the politicians, it’s hard to keep the courthouse clean.

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Between pigeons and politicians, it’s hard to keep the courthouse clean. — Unknown
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, October 13, 2014 • Permalink