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Enjoy a wild verbal ride from 1898 with Schultz as he shares his Letter from the Klondike.

Schultz Gets a Letter from the Klondike
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 3833
Category Funny talk
Title Schultz Gets a Letter from the Klondike
Performed by Frank Kennedy
Circa 1898 - 1899
Announcement "Schultz Gets a Letter from Klondike, by Frank Kennedy the Dutch Philosopher.  Edison record."

Frank Kennedy ("The Dutch Philosopher") recorded nearly 3 dozen popular comedy cylinders for Edison from 1898 to 1902, each featuring his Schultz character in a peculiar smashup of logic and language.

"Now everybody pay perpendicular attention.
Here goes: 'Klondike, Septober the once' ... refuse me ... I should have said 'Octember'.
Hold on, wait a minute, that don't sound right either (I'm talking sideways).
Septober, Octember, no wonder I didn't understand it.   'Klondike, Nowonder the once' . . ."

Many of the jokes heard on Kennedy's records are still familiar today: I hope we all live to be as old as the one about cutting buttons from a heavy overcoat - in order to save shipping costs - and placing them in the pocket.

"I take my pen in hand to inform you, with pleasure, of the death of your only living uncle,
hoping you are the same as this leaves me at present."

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"My wife who I thought was dead and in heaven is alive and in health."

— This cylinder of the month is from the collection of  Stan Stanford —


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