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    W. C. Fields joke box and wordplay archive. (ca. 1930s) W. C. Fields' personal small brown leather box containing an archive of (100+) paper leaves ranging in size from 3 x 5 in. to 4.5 x 5.25 in. completely handwritten in pencil and pen and notated by Fields being a storehouse of words and terms with definitions as well as working drafts of various jokes ranging from seemingly unrelated lists of words like, "atavisitic / instincts / a bastion of / freedom / fait accompli / ubiquitous / ceramic art" to more developed joke concepts like, "To bartender, F. Do you know what time it is, Bar T. If I knew what time it was I wouldn't be working in a joint like this," and "I bought a mattress yesterday, was it a spring mattress? No fall and winter" and "I am opening a new boxing arena - I'm calling it the Punch Bowl." The archive contains extensive notations on words, their definitions and various applications in Fields' wordplay as well as newspaper and cartoon clippings. Of note are a number of leaves with Fields' extensive pill taking schedule. Leather box is soiled and worn. Contents show age and handling. Overall, in vintage very good condition. Originally from the collection of Debbie Reynolds.

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    September, 2015
    29th Tuesday
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