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

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Entry from March 20, 2010
“Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up”

"History repeats itself” is an old proverb. In February 1944, a new slant to the proverb appeared in a Los Angeles (CA) newspaper: “After reading about the cost of the present war (World War II—ed.) one comes to the conclusion that every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.”

“Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up” was used by comedian Jackie Kannon in 1953. In 1963, the line was credited to Arnold H. Glssgow. It is unlikely that either Jackie Kannon or Arnold H. Glasgow coined the phrase (in 1944 or earlier), although Kannon might have popularized it in the 1950s.


Google Books
The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2006
Pg. 614:
“History repeats itself.”
George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life (1858). The precise wording is “history, we know, is apt to repeat itself.”

14 February 1944, Los Angeles (CA) Tribune, pg. 3:
After reading about the cost of the present war one comes to the conclusion that every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

30 March 1953, Winona (MN) Republican-Herald, “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 4, col. 3:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: Jackie Kannon thinks this line is even truer today: “Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.”

27 June 1953, Burlington (IA) Hawk-Eye Gazette, pg. 4, col. 2:
Nuggest From Other Brains
“Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.”—Jackie Kannon.

22 January 1954, Tipton (IN) Daily Tribune, pg. 2, col. 3:
TODAY’S TIDBIT
Every time history repeats itself...the price goes up!

19 December 1961, Oregonian (Portland, OR), ‘Reds Never Keep Word” by Henry J. Taylor, pg. 18, col. 7:
It is claimed tha our nation should learn by experience. We should, for every time history repeats itself the price goes up. And he price of any forgetfulness today is lierally the survival of the United States.

27 February 1962, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, pg. 1, col. 1:
COMIC DICTIONARY
ECONOMICS
The science which teaches us that every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

Google News Archive
25 November 1963, Reading (PA) Eagle, ‘Columnist Furnishes Miscellaneous Data” by Hal Boyle, pg. 30, col. 2:
Worth Remembering: “Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.” — Arnold H. Glasgow

Google Books
September 1966, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, “NOTES on these changing times,” pg. 2, col. 2:
Seems like every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

OCLC WorldCat record
Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.
Author: John Clemenger (N.S.W.) Pty Ltd.
Publisher: [Sydney] : Clemenger, [198-?]
Edition/Format: Book

Posted by Barry Popik
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