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 November 04, 2014
“People like hard work when they are paying someone else to do it”

"Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it” was written by American humorist Franklin P. Jones in the Saturday Evening Post in 1954. “People like hard work when they are paying someone else to do it” was a “Little Liz” newspaper comic strip later in 1954. The short, witty saying from Jones is still frequently cited.


Answers.com
Franklin P. Jones (1908 - 1980) was a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive and humorist. He wrote quips and quotes that entertained readers of major publications for years.

Mr. Jones was known nationally during the 1940s and 50s for his column “Put it this Way” in the Saturday Evening Post. “Put it this Way” set a record as the longest continuously published feature in the Saturday Evening Post.

He was an accomplished “paragrapher” - a writer who condenses humorous or thought provoking ideas into paragraph form. His quips and quotes were published (often anonymously) in numerous publications, including Reader’s Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Changing Times and Quote magazine.

4 March 1954, Charleroi (PA) Mail, “Office Cat” by Junius, pg. 4, col. 4:
Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it.—Franklin P. Jones in The Saturday Evening Post.

30 August 1954, Lubbock (TX) Evening Journal, “Little Liz” comic strip. pg. 1, col. 8:
(A woman sits and watches a teenager struggle to mow the lawn.—ed.)
People like hard work when they are paying someone else to do it.

4 September 1954, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Little Liz” comic strip, pg. 11-B, col. 5:
People like hard work when they are paying someone else to do it.

Google News Archive
17 July 1956, Milwaukee (WI) Journal, “Wise Words,” pg. 16, col. 3:
Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it.—Franklin P. Jones

Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 565:
Most people like hard work. This is particularly true when they’re paying for it.

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Most people like hard work especially when they pay for it. ~ Pennsylvanian Dutch Proverb
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