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 November 06, 2017
“A blind man walks into a shop with his seeing-eye dog…” (joke)

Many people walk through stores “just looking around.” A joke was printed in the New York (NY) Times on August 30, 1983, of a blind person who grabs his seeing eye dog by the tail and swings the animal over his head. “May I help you, sir?” a store clerk asks. “No, thanks,” says the blind man. “I’m just looking around.”


30 August 1983, New York (NY) Times, “Tests Show You Are What You Laugh At: Psychologists report on humor test at annual convention” by Sandra Blakeslee, pg. C8:
Example of ‘Sick’ Humor
The test also included such jokes as this:

A blind man with a guide dog enters a department store, picks up his dog by the tail and swings the animal over his head. A clerk hurries over and says: “May I help you, sir?”

The blind man replies: “No thanks, I’m just looking around.”

Google Books
Bth-Totall Tstls Jokes
By Blanche Knott
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
1985
Pg. 206:
This blind fellow walked into Macy’s with his seeing-eye dog and headed straight for the men’s department. Surrounded by pajamas and neckties, he proceeded to come to a stop, pick up his German Shepherd by the hind legs, and swing the dog around in a circle. A startled clerk ran over and asked loudly, “May I help you, sir?” “No thanks,” said the blind man, “just looking.”

Google Groups: rec.humor
Canonical List Of Animal Humor 4/5
Two More Ron’s Don’t Make A Wright
7/29/94
(...)
A blind man with a seeing eye dog at his side walks into a department store. The man walks to the middle of the store, picks up the dog by the tail, and starts swinging the dog around in circles over his head.

The store manager, who has seen all this, thinks this is quite strange.  So, he decides to find out what’s going on.  The store manager approaches the blind man swinging the dog and says, “Pardon me.  May I help you with something.”

The blind man says, “No thanks.  I’m just looking around.”

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Best Of December Part one
steven j lade
1/7/95
(...)
A blind man with a seeing eye dog walk into the department store. The man grabs the dog by the tail and swings the dog over his head several times, then sets the dog down. The store manager asks if the man needs assistance. The blind man replies “No thanks, I’m just looking around"///

Google Groups: rec.humor
Blind Man & Seeing Eye Dog
Muzz
6/15/95
A blind man walks into a shop and starts swinging his guide dog around his head.  The shop assistant sees him and approaches him.

Assistant : “Can I help you?”
Blind man : “No thanks, I’m just looking”

21 November 1996, Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA), “Toastmasters help kids get over public speaking fear” by Jonathan Martin, pg. N2:
An even worse assignment than Ward’s is the role of designated jokester. Amanda Hayes sped through a joke about a blind man swinging his seeing-eye dog. “What was he doing? Just looking around.”

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Just Looking
G.P.
4/27/99
A blind man with a seeing-eye dog walked into a local department store. Suddenly he picked up the dog by its leash and started swinging it in a circle over his head, while stumbling through the aisles. A manager, alarmed by this behaviour, ran over to him and asked “Is there anything I can help you with, sir?” The blind man replied, “No thanks - just taking a look around.”

Graphic Joke
A blind man walked into a shop
May 11, 2012 by golly
A blind man walked into a shop with his seeing-eye dog. He made his way to the center of the shop, then lifted his dog by the tail, and started spinning him around over his head.

The shopkeeper ran over to the man and shouted, “Sir! Can I help you?”

“No,” said the blind man. “I’m just looking around.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, November 06, 2017 • Permalink