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 September 15, 2014
“Shuck me, suck me, eat me raw” (oyster saying)

"Shuck me, suck me, eat me raw” is a saying about eating oysters that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters. “Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw” has been cited in pirnt since at least 1987, when it was printed on a T-shirt that was sold in a store in New Orleans, LA.


16 September 1987, Mobile (AL) Register, “Prayers and drunken toasts” by Rheta Grimsley Johnson, pg. 6-A, col. 2:
Next to the T-shirt with the pope’s picture and the “Pray for Peace” slogan hung another with a message from an oyster: “Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw.”
(From a store in New Orleans, LA.—ed.)

Google Books
America’s Heroes
By Robert Coram
New York, NY: New American Library
1990
Pg. 176:
He wore white gum boots, grimy jeans, and a T-shirt from a local oyster house that read “shuck me, suck me, eat me raw.”

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Too Far to Fall
By Linda Jenkins
New York, NY: Bantam Books
1991
Pg. 159:
It was another oyster bar T-shirt that said SHUCK ME, SUCK ME, EAT ME RAW.

Google News Archive
2 September 1993, Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, “Wrightsville Beach: Store removes risque T-shirts from window” by Tracy Rose, pg. 2B, col. 1:
The controversial T-shirts may still be purchased at the store—along with ones depicting a cartoon oyster saying: “Shuck me, suck me, eat me raw”—but shoppers have to hunt for them in the store.

Google Books
A Good Family
By Peter J. Smith
New York, NY: Doubleday
1996
Pg. 195:
His soda splashed through his fingers and onto the sleeve of his New Orleans-bought T-shirt ("Shuck me! Suck me! Eat me raw!” the T-shirt said — a reference to Gulf Coast oysters, and an old birthday present from Doll).

Twitter
night_soul
‏@night_soul
Shuck me, suck me, eat me raw!
11:30 AM - 12 Aug 2007

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Moon Olympic Peninsula
By Jeff Burlingame
Berkeley, CA: Avalon Travel
2012
Pp. 151-152:
The shop features other seafood, too, but oysters are its specialty. Its semi-naughty bumper stickers (“Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw” and “Eat Oysters and Keep It Up,” among them) are almost as popular as the food itself and can be seen proudly displayed on cars in the region and beyond.
(Brady’s Oysters in Aberdeen, WA.—ed.)

Twitter
Paula Froelich
‏@Pfro
“Shuck me, Suck me, Eat me Raw” - a menu at a seafood restaurant in #NelsonMandela Square. I passed #Johannesburg pic.twitter.com/JMLRJERXVk
10:14 PM - 12 Aug 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
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