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 04, 2016
“Play building and loan” (joke)

There’s an old “Building and Loan” joke:

She: Let’s play Building & Loan.
He: OK. How do you play?
She: You get out of the building and leave me alone.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1930.


24 June 1930, The Era (Bradford, PA), “Strictly Home Brewed Briefs,” pg. 14, col. 7:
And we were out with a fellow just sow who said that his sweet phemme wanted to play Building and Loan when he had a date Sunday night.

“Building and Loan? What sort of a game is that?” we asked.

“She told me to get out of the building and leave her alone.”

15 July 1932, San Diego (CA) Union, “The Northeast Corner,” pg. 4, col. 7:
A Mission Hills man said he wanted to play building and loan games with the peddler, but the agent wasn’t so pleased when the M. H. man defined it as “Get out of my building and leave me alone.”

Google News Archive
16 June 1946, Milwaukee (WI) Journal, “Take It or Leave It” by Bob Doyle, Screen and Radio, pg. 11, col. 4:
The Good Old Days in Vaudeville
“Play Man River,” the stooge would shout, “and throw yourself right into it.” Or: “Play ‘Building and Loan’— you get out of the building and leave me alone.” .

Google News Archive
3 July 1958, Lakeland (FL) Ledger, “Today’s Chuckle,” pg. 1, col. 4:
He: “Let’s play Post Office.”
She: “Let’s play Building and Loan.”
He: “What’s that?”
She: “Leave the building and leave me alone.”

Google Books
Another Treasury of Clean Jokes
By Tal D. Bonham
Nashville, TN: Broadman Press
1983
Pg. 76:
Let’s play Building and Loan. Just get out of the building and leave me alone.

Google Books
Jolly Jokes for the Young at Heart
By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
2010
Pg. 19:
Building and Loan
“Let’s play building and loan.”
“How do you play that?”
“You get out of the building and leave me alone.”

Twitter
Roshan
‏@roshd
Let’s play building and loan. You get out of the building and leave us alone.
12:16 PM - 12 Jul 2014
Mumbai, India

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Monday, April 04, 2016 • Permalink