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 November 23, 2016
“Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving”

"First Thanks, Then Giving” sermons were made at several churches during Thanksgiving in November 1957. A full Thanksgiving expression was published in the book Speaker’s Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, and Anecdotes (1963) by Jacob Morton Braude:

“Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.”


Old Fulton NY Post Cards
21 November 1957, Hilton (NY) Record, “Church Services,” pg. 8, col. 3:
HILTON BAPTIST CHURCH
Rev I. V. Lloyd, Pastor
(...)
The sermon theme: “First Thanks. Then Giving!”

22 November 1957, Greensboro (NC) Record, “Churches Plan Observance: Thanksgiving Services Set” by Dorothy Ann Benjamin, pg. 1B, cols. 2-3:
First Christian Church (...) and the minister, Rev. Robert E. Jarman, will speak on “First Thanks, Then Giving!”

23 November 1957, The Evening Standard (Uniontown, PA), pg. 7, col. 5:
Republic First Christian
Rev. Arthur J. Markley, Pastor
Sunday school at 10, Michael Preamble, Supl. 11 sermon, “First Thanks, Then Giving.”

23 November 1957, Troy (NY) Record, “Church Directory,” pg. 11, col. 4:
First Presbyterian of Lansingburg, 115th street and 3rd avenue, Rev. Seth N. Genung, 9:45 a.m., Sunday School, 11 a.m., Thanksgiving service, sermon: “First Thanks, Then Giving;” ...

27 November 1957. The Sun (Baltimore, MD), pg. 11, col. 2:
HISS
3700 Harford Road, Parkville
Minister
Wm. Wesley Dodge
10:30 A.M.
“FIRST THANKS,
THEN GIVING”

22 November 1958, Chillicothe (MO) Constitution-Tribune, pg. 2, col. 5:
Chillicothe Methodist Circuit
900 Jackson Street
Minister, Arnett L. Winn
(...)
Sermon, “First Thanks, Then Giving.”

Google Books
Speaker’s Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, and Anecdotes
By Jacob Morton Braude
Bombay: Jaico Publishing House
1966 [©1963]
Pg. 321:
Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.

25 November 1993, Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, “Thought,” pg. 2A, col. 1:
“Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.”—Proverb.

Google Books
Holiday Sermons:
A Collection of Special Sermon Ideas from Some of America’s Best-Loved Preachers

By Jack W. Hayford, Chad Brand, Stuart Briscoe, Calvin Miller, et al.
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
1994
Pg. 118:
Someone has well said, “Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.” You can give without being thankful, but you cannot be thankful without giving.

Google Groups: alt.quotations
Happy Thanksgiving; and no leftovers, please
Grace McGarvie
11/28/02
(...)
Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.  Anonymous

Google Books
The Speaker’s Quote Book:
Over 5,000 Illustrations and Quotations for All Occasions

By Roy B Zuck
Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic & Professional
2009
Pg. 503:
Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving. —Jacob Braude

Twitter
Scott Rauber
‏@scottrauber
“Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.” Author Unknown
2:17 PM - 11 Nov 2016

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