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 April 11, 2017
“Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes”

Franklin Pierce Adams or “FPA” (1881-1960) wrote in his newspaper column, “The Conning Tower” in the New York (NY) Herald Tribune, on April 27, 1934:

“Every morning that timid reader, Mr. Casper Milquetoast, discovers that a little more of his income has been shot from under him by the patriotic necessity of paying just one more tax. ‘Count that day won,” he sings, “when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.’”

“Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes” is a tax saying that has been included in many quotation collections.


Wikipedia: Franklin Pierce Adams
Franklin Pierce Adams (November 15, 1881 – March 23, 1960) was an American columnist, well known by his initials F.P.A., and wit, best known for his newspaper column, “The Conning Tower”, and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio’s Information Please. A prolific writer of light verse, he was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s.

27 April 1934, New York (NY) Herald Tribune, “The Conning Tower” by F.P.A., pg. 17:
Every morning that timid reader, Mr. Casper Milquetoast, discovers that a little more of his income has been shot from under him by the patriotic necessity of paying just one more tax. “Count that day won,” he sings, “when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.”

Google Books
Nods and Becks
By Franklin P. Adams ("F.P.A.")
Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Company
1944
Pg. 52:
“Count that day won,” he sings, “when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.”

Google Books
Speaker’s Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms
By Herbert Victor Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper & Brothers
1955
Pg. 294:
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
Franklin P. Adams

Google Books
The Modern Handbook of Humor
By Ralph Louis Woods
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1967
Pg. 113:
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes. — Franklin Pierce Adams

Google Books
1800 Quotes, Quips, and Squibs
By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1972
Pg. 43:
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, the earth imposes no additional taxes.

Google Books
Jewish Wit and Wisdom
Edited by Herb Galewitz
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.
Pg. 1:
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
FRANKLIN. PIERCE. ADAMS.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 • Permalink