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Robert Sale-Hill’s poem, The True Origin and History of “The Dude” (The New York World, January 14, 1883) introduced the world to the word Dude, and kicked off a full-on Dude craze. A-Dude-a-Day[i] Blog is dedicated to preserving and sharing pics, pieces and poems from the early days of the Dude-craze of 1883. You can read more about the history and origin of the word Dude on my blogpost, "Dudes, Dodos and Fopdoodles" on my other blog, Early Sports 'n' Pop-Culture History Blog.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dude #31 - A Yankee Dude'll do

The Sun (New York), September 22, 1883.

But the joke was already old by then:

Charley quite outwitted: She leaned her head upon his shoulder and said, in her most insinuating tones: “Charley, dear, I’ve heard so much about dudes I want you to get me one.” 

Charley smiled at her innocence, but resolved to humor it.  “Would you prefer a French dude?” he asked.

“I think not,” she answered, squirming coyly.  “How would a German dude suit?”

I don’t think it would suit at all.  I don’t understand German.”
“Well, what shall it e, then?”

It was her turn to smile as she said, with an arch look:
“A Yankee dude’ll do.”

- Brooklyn Eagle.

The Evening Star (Washington DC), July 28, 1883, page 7.

Puck, Volume 13, page 202.

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