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 July 04, 2018
“What do you call an American drawing?"/"A Yankee Doodle.”

A popular July 4th (Independence Day) riddle is:

Q: What do you call an American drawing?
A: A Yankee Doodle.


The Yankee Doodle pun has been cited in print since at least 1988.


Wikipedia: Yankee Doodle
“Yankee Doodle” is a well-known American song, the early versions of which date to before the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution (1775–83). It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut. Its Roud Folk Song Index number is 4501. The melody is thought to be much older than both the lyrics and the subject, going back to folk songs of Medieval Europe.

12 August 1988, Seymour (IN) Daily Tribune, “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 2:
WHAT DO YOU CALL AN AMERICAN DRAWING?
A YANKEE DOODLE!
(Sent in by Forrest Treat)

31 January 1995, Chicago (IL) Tribune, sec. 7, pg. 8, left masthead:
What do you call an American drawing?
A Yankee Doodle.

Google Books
1001 Really Stupid Jokes
By Mike Phillips
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2000
Pg. ?:
What do you call an American drawing?
Yankee Doodle.

Google Books
New Jokes4Kids Joke Book
By Paul Gwilliam
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2013
Pg. ?:
What do you call an American drawing?
A Yankee Doodle.

Reddit—Jokes
What do you call an American Drawing?
submitted June 30, 2014 by pushing-pixels
A Yankee Doodle.

Explain the Joke
Drawing an American Doodle
Posted on July 3, 2017 by stfleming
Q: What do you call an American drawing?
A: Yankee doodle!

Explanation: There is a famous American song titled Yankee Doodle Dandy and a well known poem with a similar name. A doodle is a drawing, like you might make in your school notebook.

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What do you call an American drawing?
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11:06 AM - 4 Jul 2018

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I drew a quick patriotic picture for the holiday—sort of a Yankee doodle.
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