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 October 26, 2012
“When a habit begins to cost money, it is called a hobby”

"When a habit begins to cost money, it is called a hobby” is a jocular one-line saying that appears to have been coined in the “Little Liz” newspaper comic strip in January 1958. “Hobby” sounds better than “habit” and provides a somewhat better cover for losing money.


3 January 1958, Mexia (TX) Daily News, “Little Liz” comic strip, pg. 4, col. 5:
When a habit begins to cost money it’s called a hobby.
(Someone is shown painting—ed.)

Google News Archive
24 September 1964, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), “Shop with Sue,” pg. 3, col. 6 ad:
When a habit begins to cost money it is called a hobby.

Google Books
Quote Unquote
By Lloyd Cory
Wheaton, IL: Victor Books
1977
Pg. 153:
When a habit begins to cost money, it is called a hobby. (Supervision)

Google News Archive
13 January 1989, Idahonian/Daily News (Moscow, ID), “Tell it to Ann” by Ann Landers, pg. 11A, col. 8:
My Laugh for the Day: When a habit begins to cost money it is called a hobby.

Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 225:
When a habit begins to cost money, it is called a hobby.

Illustrated World of Proverbs
5/19/12
When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby.
~ Jewish Proverb

The Wealth Guide
June 29. 2012
(...)
To me, I believe in striking balance. While I work hard to get out of rat race, I reward myself with my hobbies. My greatest hobby is traveling. (When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • (0) Comments • Friday, October 26, 2012 • Permalink