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 12, 2015
“What do you call a ghost at a hotel?"/"An inn spectre.”

An old hotel pun goes:

Q:What do you call a ghost at a hotel?
A: An inn spectre.


“Why is a Hotel Ghost like a policeman? Because it is an Inn-spectre” was told in the humor magazine Punch, or the London Charivari in 1866. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) told the “inn-spectre” joke in 1869.


Google Books
1 December 1866, Punch, or the London Charivari, pg. 226, col. 2:
Why is a Hotel Ghost like a policeman? Because it is an Inn-spectre.

1 December 1866, The Commonwealth (London), pg. 3, col. 5:
Why is an hotel ghost like a policeman? Because it is an inn-spectre.

12 January 1867, Warren (PA) Mail, pg. 1, col. 7:
Why is a hotel ghost like a policeman?—Because it is an inn-spectre.

Chronicling America
3 April 1867, The Daily Phoenix (Columbia, SC), pg. 4, col. 2:
Why is a hotel ghost like a State constable? because it is an inn-spectre.

Chronicling America
7 November 1867, The Daily Phoenix (Columbia, SC), pg. 2, col. 4:
Why is a hotel ghost like a policeman? Because it is an inn-spectre.

Google Books
Phantasmagoria and Other Poems
By Lewis Carroll
London” Macmillan and Company
1869
Pg. 21:
And as the inns, where it is found,
Are his especial hunting–ground,
We call him the ’Inn-Spectre.’

Chronicling America
16 May 1876, New Orleans (LA) Republican, pg. 2, col. 1:
A hotel ghost comes under the official head of inn spectres.

Twitter
PuterPrsn
‏@PuterPrsn
Last #pun for the night:  Since there was a ghost at the hotel, they called for an inn spectre.
11:09 PM - 25 Apr 2009

Twitter
The Crystal Jon(s)
‏@jonsinger
There was a ghost at the hotel, so they called for an inn spectre. #badjokemonday
9:54 AM - 27 Apr 2009

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
2012
Pg. ?:
What do you call a ghost at a hotel?
An inn spectre.

Twitter
JuicyCanvas
‏@JuicyCanvas
Q. What do you call a ghost at a hotel?
A. An inn spectre. #puns
2:31 PM - 31 Jul 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
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