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 March 13, 2012
“Calling children strong and able—clear your dishes off the table”

"Calling children strong and able—clear your/the dishes off the table” is a saying that has been in print since at least 2006. The saying has been put on various gift items and has been included in Internet lists of food quotes.

“Children, children strong and able, keep your elbows off the table” is a similar saying of unknown authorship and date.


Splitcoaststampers
WaterPixie
08-24-2006, 09:36 AM
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And these made me LMBO:
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines..
Calling children strong and able… clear your dishes off the table..

ProtocolMatters.org
Navigating Curriculums
Posted by: sandra in Cirriculum and Resources on Jan 15, 2008
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For example you, as the teacher and example, sit down in a chair and explain, “at the dinner table, sit up straight in your chair, do not lay your head, arms, or elbows on the table"--"children, children strong and able, keep your elbows off the table”.

Cricut Chat
MarcieJessee
RE: Help with a saying - 2/11/2008 8:06:51 AM
Calling children strong and ableā€¦
clear your dishes from the table

Wall Words Catalog—2010-11
Kitchen
#K1- A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious. ($39.95) #K2- No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes. ($29.95) #K3- If we are what we eat, then I’m fast, cheap and easy. ($39.95) #K4- A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
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($29.95) #K46- Calling children strong and able - clear your dishes off the table. ($39.95)

Kitchen Quotes
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Quotes
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Calling all children strong and able, clear the dishes off the table.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • Permalink