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 15, 2005
Joe Doakes
"Joe Doakes" is a name for an anonymous person, like "John Doe" or "John Q. Citizen."

"Joe Doakes" supposedly is a circus name that originated with P. T. Barnum.

2 April 1911, World (NY), Metropolitan section, pg. 2, col. 4:
BIG TOP LINGO.
The Jargon of the Circus Is Picturesque
and Hard to Understand.
(...)
The ringmaster for some unknown reason has been called "Joe Doakes" ever since the days of P. T. Barnum.
Posted by Barry Popik
Workers/People • (0) Comments • Tuesday, November 15, 2005 • Permalink