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 May 21, 2019
“Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving”

"Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “frequent naps, such as while driving a car, will keep you from growing old” was printed in the Orlando (FL) Evening Star on January 23, 1959. “Frequent naps will keep you from getting old—especially if taken while driving” was printed in Newsday (Long Island, NY) on May 11, 1959. Authorship of the saying is unknown.


23 January 1959, Orlando (FL) Evening Star, “Gathered in wandering,” pg. 19, col. 8:
... frequent naps, such as while driving a car, will keep you from growing old.

11 May 1959, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 4C, col. 3:
Earl’s Pearls: Frequent naps will keep you from getting old—especially if taken while driving.

13 September 1965, Oakland (CA) Tribune, “Man Alive” by Bill Friset, pg. 13, col. 1:
Then someone advised Oakland’s Jack Crawford to take frequent naps, that it would keep him from growing old. “Yeah,” cracked Crawford, “particularly if you take them while driving.”

8 October 1965, Honolulu (HI) Advertiser, Eddie Sherman column, pg. B-3, col. 4:
Sam O’Neil advises: “Frequent naps will keep you from getting old—especially if you take them while driving.”

29 January 1966, Indianapolis (IN) Star, The Teen Star sec., pg. 1, col. 1 masthead:
Jolly Joe Says:
Short naps can keep you from growing old—especially if you take them while driving.

2 July 1966, Orlando (FL) Evening Star, “On the Town” by Jean Yothers, pg. 1-B, col. 1:
I WISH I’D SAID THAT: Frequent naps keep you from growing old, says a medical authority. Especially if you take them while driving this Fourth of July weekend.

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Regular naps prevent ageing. Especially if you take them while driving.

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Regular naps prevent old age .... Especially if you take them while driving!!  - unk #humor #older #driving #nap
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