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 July 05, 2017
“My house was clean yesterday. Sorry you missed it”

"My house was clean yesterday. Sorry you missed it” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. Both “My house was clean last week, Sorry you missed it” and “My house was clean yesterday, Sorry you missed it” have been cited in print since at least 1995.


4 April 1995, Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA), “Being There: Craft fair a success for St. John group” by Paul Turner, pg. D1:
We’re talking everything from dolls and stuffed animals to leather belts, abstract paintings, casserole carriers, about 17 million knickknacks based on cow, sheep or pig motifs and slate signs saying “My house was clean last week, sorry you missed it.”

Google Groups: rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
household maintenance, dustbunnies, etc.
Rebecca J. Dickie
4/4/95
I saw a kit to do a x-stitch saying that went something like this:
My house was clean last week,
Sorry you missed it.

Google Groups: rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Our favorite housework mottos (was Re:Clean houses)
MimiRetz
12/9/95
My favorite is:
My house was clean yestereday; sorry you missed it.

Google Books
Two-Hour Crafting Treasures
By Laura Scott
Berne, IN: House of White Birches
1999
Pg. 25:
Add lettering with Identi Pen, using fine tip to write “My house was clean last week. Sorry you missed it” and the broad tip to add dots to ends of lines in letters.

5 November 2004, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, “Shop is so sublime it’s ridiculous” by Joan Kazan, pg. T15:
When you’re trying to buy a gift for the girl or guy who has everything, you’ll find it here. Plaques that say “Can I pay my Visa with my MasterCard?” and “My house was clean yesterday, sorry, you missed it,” sell for $20.

Google Books
The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Card
By Linda LaTourelle and C. C. Milam
Mayfield, KY: Bluegrass Publishing
2007
Pg. 231:
My house was clean yesterday- Sorry you missed it

Twitter
Christina Bates‏
@christinabates
Replying to @mom2my6pack
@mom2my6pack Ha!  My house stays that way.  I have a trivet that says “My house was clean yesterday!  Sorry you missed it!”
2:58 PM - 7 Jan 2009

Twitter
Kerina‏
@kerina
Replying to @startupprincess
@startupprincess my aunt hung this in our kitchen: “My house was clean last week - Sorry you missed it!”
10:41 AM - 12 Jan 2009

Google Books
A Love That Multiplies:
An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work

By Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar
New York, NY: Howard Books
2011
Pg. 169:
Someone gave us a little sign that says, MY HOUSE WAS CLEAN LAST WEEK. SORRY YOU MISSED IT.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 • Permalink