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 February 04, 2009
“Our credit manager is Helen Waite. If you want credit, go to Helen Waite.”

Many businesses are cash-only and a few display this sign: “Our credit manager is Helen Waite. If you want credit, go to Helen Waite.” Hell-and-wait, get it?

The business sign dates to at least 1962.

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Our Credit Manager
is Helen Waite.
If you want credit
Go to
Helen Waite.

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Helen Waite is now in
charge of all RUSH orders.
If you are in a
hurry, just go
to Helen Waite.

2 February 1962, Pasadena (CA) Independent, pg. 15, col. 5:
Sign in a Department Store: “Our credit manager is Helen Waite. If you want credit go to Helen Waite.”

22 July 1962, Montana Standard-Post (Butte, MT), “Queries and Replies” by Lewis T. Poole, pg. 4, col. 3:
Q. What is the most amusing sign you ever saw on a tavern wall?—REDNOSE RONALD.
A. That is a loaded question and one could conceivably get loaded trying to gather the necessary information wherewith to formulate an opinion. A likely candidate for the distinction is one in the barroom of a local fraternal organization. It reads: “Helen Waite is our credit manager. If you want credit, go to Helen Waite.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • (2) Comments • Wednesday, February 04, 2009 • Permalink


I may have seen this in San Antonio, around 1959 in Hipp’s Bubble Room.

It had other slogans like…

“A wet bird never flies at night.”

I have no idea what that means..

Posted by ted samsel  on  02/09  at  08:39 AM

I just bought a copy of an old sign like this in a defunct gas station. The style of clothing portrayed on “Helen Waite” was from the 40s or so. She was black and holding a pen and looking very frazzled as if her job was really getting to be too much. the part “just go to Hell ‘en Wait” was spelled out lest you miss the pun intended. The old people who had owned the gas station said they had had it at least 30 years. I thought it was hilarious and a collector’s item, so I sent it to a brother who has a bar in St. Louis.I would like to know more about the history of this sign. If you wish, I could scan a copy and send it.

Posted by Virginia Castro  on  08/03  at  10:53 AM

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