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 August 04, 2014
“Here’s a house without a flaw” (real estate joke)

"Here is a house without a flaw,” says a real estate agent in the old joke. “Gosh, what do you walk on?” responds the prospective client, mistaking “flaw” for “floor.”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 1931.


16 June 1931, Southtown Economist (Chicago, IL), “College Capers,” pg. 4, col. 7:
Enthusiastic Agent: Now, there is a house without a flaw.
Customer: My gosh, what do you walk on?
-- Annapolis Log.

19 July 1931, Sunday Times-Advertiser (Trenton, NJ), “College Humor,” pt. 4, pg. 6, col. 3:
Enthusiastic Agent: Now, there is a house without a flaw.
Customer: My gosh, what do you walk on?
-- Annapolis Log.

Google News Archive
29 December 1938, The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL), pg. 2, col. 3:
TODAY’S WORST
Real estate agent: “Madam, here is a house without a flaw.”
Madam: “Then, what do you walk on?”—Times-Union.

Google News Archive
18 March 1939, Pueblo (CO) Indicator, “Just Fun,” pg. 7, col. 4:
Just Sales Talk
House Agent—This is a house without a flaw.
Prospective Client—Gosh! What do you walk on?

Google Books
April 1959, Boys’ Life, “Think and Grin,” pg. 78, col. 1:
Real Estate Agent: Now here is a house without a flaw.
S. Carolina Belle: What do y’all walk on? — Harvey Elfenstein, Phila., 39, Pa.

Google Books
The Gigantic Joke Book
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1978
Pg. 189:
Real Estate Agent: Here is a house without a flaw.
Customer: My goodness, what do you walk on?

Google Books
Baseball, Golf, Wars, Women & Puppies:
An Autobiography

By Buck Peden
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2011
Pg. 130:
One sweet young southern lass called about a salesman about to show her a new house: “Now here’s a house without a flaw,” he said. She slowly asked, “Really? What do ya’ll walk on?

Philadelphia (PA) magazine
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“Joobs,” rubes, and boobs: Political correctness to the rescue again!

BY SANDY HINGSTON | AUGUST 4, 2014 AT 11:19 AM
(...)
Which reminds me of the old joke about the Philly real estate agent proudly showing a Fishtown home to a young Southern hipster couple and declaring, “Now, here’s a house without a flaw!” To which the husband responded, perplexed: “Then what do y’all walk on?” Ba-dum-bum.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Monday, August 04, 2014 • Permalink