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 15, 2015
“Home is where the mortgage is”

“Home is where the heart is” is an old saying. “Home is where the mortgage is” is a variation of the proverb that was cited in The Foolish Dictionary (1904) by Gideon Wurdz (pseudonym of Charles Wayland Towne). The anti-proverb has been included in many quotations collections.


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The Foolish Dictionary:
An Exhausting Work of Reference to Uncertain English Words, Their Origin, Meaning, Legitimate and Illegitimate Use

By Gideon Wurdz (pseudonym of Charles Wayland Towne—ed.)
Boston, MA: John W. Luce and Company
1904
Pg. ?:
Home is where the mortgage is.

24 July 1904, Cleveland (OH) Leader, pg. 2, col. 4:
“Home,” is where the mortgage is.
(From “The Foolish Dictionary.”—ed.)

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The Comic Encyclopedia:
A Library of the Literature and History of Humor Containing Thousands of Gags, Sayings, and Stories

By Evan Esar
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1978
Pg. 363:
Home is where the mortgage is.

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20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 389:
Home is where the mortgage is.

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Twisted Wisdom:
Modern Anti-proverbs

By Wolfgang Mieder, Anna Tóthné Litovkina
Burlington, VT: University of Vermont
1999
Pg. 102:
Home is where the mortgage is. (Wurdz 1904; Anonymous 1908: 72; DAP 304)

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