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 July 11, 2004
“Big Apple” date?: January 15, 1920
It is probable (although not certain) that we have almost the exact date for the "Big Apple" utterance by the stable hands. John J. Fitz Gerald wrote that he had met Jake Byer at the Fair Grounds when this happened. I found this piece of the puzzle, from the New York Morning Telegraph, January 15, 1920, pg. 3, column 1:


J. J. Fitz Gerald has sold the 3-year-old colt Dunsandel to J. Byer and the aged plater Onwa to G. R. Allen at private terms. Allen will ship Onwa to Tia Juana to-night.


Posted by Barry Popik
1920s: John J. Fitz Gerald and the N.Y. Morning Telegraph • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 11, 2004 • Permalink