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 07, 2012
“She was only a moonshiner’s daughter, but he loved her still”

"She was only a moonshiner’s daughter, but he loved her still” is an old pun on the word “still” (that can also mean “distillery"). “She may be only a moonshiner’s daughter, but I love her still” has been cited in print since at least 1921.

“She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still” has been cited in print since at least 2004 and is a popular modern form of the pun.


Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
still noun
Definition of STILL
1: distillery
2: apparatus used in distillation comprising either the chamber in which the vaporization is carried out or the entire equipment
First Known Use of STILL
1533

10 January 1921, Kokomo (IN) Tribune, pg. 6. col. 4:
In this connection they’re singing a new song—“She May Be Only a Moonshiner’s Daughter But I Love Her Still.”

15 November 1927, The Register (Sandusky, IL), “Noah Numskull” comic, pg. 11, col. 1:
DEAR NOAH:—EVEN IF MY GIRL IS A MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER, SHOULD I LOVE HER STILL?
C.V.
WEST BURLINGTON, IOWA

9 February 1928, The Bee (Danville, VA), “Scoop’s Colyum,” pg. 4, col. 4:
She Was Only a Moonshiner’s Daughter, But He Loved Her Still.

13 June 1941, Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, “Sol’s Sunshine and Shadow,” pg. 8B, col. 6:
She was the moonshiner’s daughter, but he loved her still.

20 July 1969, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “Weekend Chuckles,” sec. 7, pg. 5, col. 2:
She was only a moonshiner’s daughter, but he loved her still.

Google Books
The Second Oldest Profession;
An Informal History of Moonshining in America

By Jess Carr
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
1972
Pg. 64:
The old pun “she was a moonshiner’s daughter but he loved her still,” brings to mind another colorful aspect of the moonshiner’s social life and customs.

boards.ie
Capt’n Midnight
18-12-2003, 13:34
She was only a poteen makers daughter - but he loved her still.

Mandolin Cafe
Landgrass
Jul-21-2004, 11:02am
She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

Yahoo! Groups—Puns of the Day
Stan Kegel
Sun Oct 2, 2005 6:36 pm
From: Joanna Brietmeyer
100 best one liners
(...)
16. She was only a whisky maker but he loved her still.

Google Books
Moonshine:
Recipes, tall tales, drinking songs, historical stuff, knee-slappers, how to make it, how to drink it, pleasin’ the law, recoverin’ the next day

By Matthew B. Rowley
New York, NY: Lark Books
2007
Pg. 46:
She was just a moonshiner’s daughter, but he loved her still.
-- Anonymous.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, February 07, 2012 • Permalink