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 29, 2005
“Everything but the kitchen sink” (Jahn’s “Kitchen Sink” dessert)
"Everything but the kitchen sink" (from the earlier "Everything but the kitchen stove") is an expression that means absolutely everything (except one, such as a sink or stove that is attached to the house). "He had on everything but the kitchen sink and the door mat" was cited in print in 1914.

Jahn's ice cream parlor began in 1897 and expanded to several locations throughout the city. The big ice cream dish was the "Kitchen Sink," which had a little of everything. There's still a Jahn's in Queens.

http://www.queenstribune.com/not4pub/QueensFunWithNot4Publicati.html
Jahn's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor was originally part of a chain which began in the Bronx in 1897. The last remaining one is a Richmond Hill favorite eatery, operating since 1923 at 81-04 37th Ave. (718-651-0700). Many of the original items from the early 1900s are still on display as is the still working nickelodeon piano. This real treat, in my youth, were the free sundaes on your birthday. My new diet has kept me away too long to know if you can still celebrate there for free. However, I'm told that the mother of all sundaes, "The Kitchen Sink" with 22 flavors and 11 toppings, is still available. Oh, bring the kids.

Chronicling America
20 February 1914, Washington (DC) Times, "Jerry Foley Is Real Hard-Luck Champion," pg. 7, col. 1:
He had on everything but the kitchen sink and the door mat.

5 May 1918, Syracuse (NY) Herald, "Mary Shannon Webster Masters Art of Carrying Five Dinners at Once," pg. 25, col. 4:
In fact, I have I shall rather enjoy the experience, though the stations are full of people trying to get out and the streets blocked with perambulators, bird cages and "everything but the kitchen sink."

19 February 1919, New York (NY) Times, pg. 5:
Pots and Pans!
To say nothing of rolling pins, clothes baskets, wash boilers, percolators, casseroles, towel bars, cloth, ventilators, china, cut glass, earthenware--well, in fact everything but the kitchen sink is included in this
Semi-Annual Sale of
Housefurnishings

27 August 1922, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, pg. B12:
Pretty soon he will be saying that Mrs. So-and-So had "everything on but the kitchen sink."

26 August 1928, Washington (DC) Post, pg. SM4:
"Jove, what a mantel! Everything on it but the kitchen sink!"

My New Cocktail Book
by G F Steele
New York: Russell Press
1934 2d ed.
Pg. 46:
EVERYTHING BUT
25% Scotch
25% Dry Gin
25% Lemon juice
25% Orange juice
1 white of an Egg
1 tablespoonful Apricot Brandy
Gum syrup to taste
This little drink is christened thusly because it contains everything but the kitchen stove!

(Trademark)
Word Mark JAHN'S
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: Ice Cream. FIRST USE: 18970000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 18970000
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 260713 260721
Serial Number 72116235
Filing Date March 22, 1961
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0757834
Registration Date October 1, 1963
Owner (REGISTRANT) JAHN'S SINCE 1897, INC. CORPORATION NEW YORK 4235 SW MALLARD CREEK TRAIL PALM CITY FLORIDA 34990
Attorney of Record JAMES REISMAN
Prior Registrations 0642154
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)
Affidavit Text SECTION 8(10-YR) 20031221.
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 20031221
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(Trademark)
Word Mark JAHN'S SINCE 1897
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: ICE CREAM, ICE CREAM CAKES, AND ICE CREAM SANDWICHES. FIRST USE: 18970000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19540121
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 71665601
Filing Date May 3, 1954
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0642154
Registration Date February 26, 1957
Owner (REGISTRANT) JAHN, FRANK DBA JAHN'S INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 117-13 HILLSIDE AVE. RICHMOND HILL NEW YORK
(LAST LISTED OWNER) JAHN'S SINCE 1897, INC. CORPORATION ASSIGNEE OF NEW YORK 6 REGENT LANE MANHASSET HILLS NEW YORK 11040
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record JAMES REISMAN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register SUPPLEMENTAL
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19970417
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, May 29, 2005 • Permalink