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 August 11, 2013
“Vacations are easy to plan — your boss tells you when, and your wife tells you where”

"Vacations are easy to plan — your boss tells you when, and your wife tells you where” is an old office joke. “VACATION: A period which your boss tells you when to take and your wife tells you where to go” was cited in print in March 1948. In 1950, that same line was included in the syndicated newspaper feature “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert.


10 March 1948, Oakland (CA) Tribune, pg. 13, col. 6:
VACATION: A period which your boss tells you when to take and your wife tells you where to go.

3 December 1950, Seattle (WA) Sunday Times, “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert, Magazine, pg. 13, col. 1:
VACATION: A period which your boss tells you when to take and your wife tells you where to go.

12 February 1951, The Bee (Danville, VA), pg. 10, col. 1 classified ad:
KING COLE SEZ:
Vacations aren’t so hard to plan. After all, the boss tells you when, and the wife tells you where.
COLE FURNITURE CO.

Google Books
Speaker’s Encyclopedia of Humor:
Stories, Quotes, Definitions, and Toasts for Every Situation

By Jacob Morton Braude
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
1961
Pg. 322:
Vacations are easy to plan: The boss tells you when and the wife tells you where.

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Encyclopedia of Humor
By Joey Adams
New York, NY: Bonanza Books
1968
Pg. 225:
Vacations are easy to plan — your boss tells you when, and your wife tells you where.

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

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 549:
Vacations are easy to plan — the boss tells you when, and the wife tells you where.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Sunday, August 11, 2013 • Permalink