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 March 18, 2016
“What clothes does a house wear?"/"Address.”

A pun about a house is:

Q: What clothes does a house wear?
A: Address (a dress).


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1984. “Does a house wear a coat of paint ‘cause it’s cold?” was cited in print in 1918.


Chronicling America
15 February 1918, Celina (OH) Democrat, “A Batch of Questions,” pg. 8, col. 7:
Does a house wear a coat of paint ‘cause it’s cold?

Google Books
Laughs, Hoots & Giggles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company
1984
Pg. 63:
What clothing does a house wear?
Address.

Google Books
The Public Speaker’s Joke Book
By Kevin Goldstein-Jackson
Kingswood, Surrey: Elliot Right Way Books
1991
Pg. 62:
What clothes does a house wear?
Address.

Google Groups: soc.culture.iranian
Q & A
agha bozorg
9/4/01
(..)
What clothes does a house wear?
-Address.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 04-18-03
Stan Kegel
4/18/03
(...)
What clothes does a house wear?
An address (Mighty Funnies: Betty Debnam)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 10-03-03
Stan Kegel
10/3/03
(...)
What clothes does a house wear?
Address.  (Carol Silver)

Google Books
The World Almanac for Kids 2004 UPC
By the World Almanac Education Group, Inc.
Mahwah, NJ: World Almanac Books
2003
Pg. 111:
What clothes does a house wear?
Address, or a “coat of paint.”

Google Books
More Funny Jokes 2015
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
What clothes does a house wear?
Address.

Posted by Barry Popik
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