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 07, 2016
“The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing”

"The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing” is a jocular line that’s popular at tax time. “The master farmer is the farmer who can pay his taxes without borrowing the money” is a saying that was printed in many newspapers in 1938. “A fellow with a long memory is one who can recall when he could pay his taxes without borrowing the money and mortgaging his home” was cited in 1941.

“The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing” was printed—uncredited—in Earl Wilson‘s syndicated entertainment column in September 1957.


1 December 1938, Republic (KS) Advertiser, “Hot Shots of the Press,” pg. 4, col. 3:
“The Master farmer,” says the Jewell Republican, ‘‘is the farmer who can pay his taxes without borrowing the money.”

2 February 1941, Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph, pg. 4, col. 2:
A fellow with a long memory is one who can recall when he could pay his taxes without borrowing the money and mortgaging his home.

19 October 1956, Aiken (SC) Standard and Review, pg. 7, col. 2:
ILLUSION
An egotist may well be described as a fellow who thinks he’s so smart he can earn enough money to support his family and pay all his taxes without borrowing.

6 September 1957, Boston (MA) Daily Record, “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 54, col. 4:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing.

Google Books
The Complete Art of Public Speaking
By Jacob Morton Braude
New York, NY: Bantam Books
1970
Pg. 176:
The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing.

16 February 1972, Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal:
Nowadays about the only reward for saving your money is to be able to pay your taxes without borrowing ..

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 699:
There are many advantages in saving money, the chief one being that you can pay your taxes without borrowing.

Google Books
The World’s Greatest Wacky One-Line Jokes
By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
2005
Pg. 111:
Taxes
The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, April 07, 2016 • Permalink