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 July 20, 2018
“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking”

"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. New York City-based syndicated entertainment columnist Earl Wilson (1907-1987) included the saying in his column on June 3, 1959.

Earl Wilson usually got his “Earl’s Pearls” quips from others, but no one was credited for this quotation.


Wikipedia: Earl Wilson (columnist)
Earl Wilson (May 3, 1907 – January 16, 1987), born Harvey Earl Wilson, was an American journalist, gossip columnist, and author, perhaps best known for his 6-day a week nationally syndicated newspaper column, It Happened Last Night.

3 June 1959, Winona (MN) Daily News, “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 4, col. 5:
EARL’S PEARLS...A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.

19 May 1967, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “At Random” by Harold V. Cohen, pg. 14, col. 2:
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.

Google Books
The Joke Teller’s Handbook:
Or, 1,999 Belly Laughs

By Robert Orben
Los Angeles, CA: Wilshire Book Company
1976
Pg. 193:
You know what a vacation is. That’s what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking all along.

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That guy in Denver
@Watrfrnt
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.  - Earl Wilson
9:31 PM - 3 May 2007

Google Books
Peace in the Face of Cancer
By Lynn Eib
Carol Stream, IL: Tynedale Mainstream
2017
Pg. 169:
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.
EARL WILSON, syndicated newspaper columnist

Google Books
The Happy Traveler:
Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations

By Jaime Kurtz
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2017
Pg. ?:
Or as journalist Earl Wilson put it, “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”

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Johanna Hussey
@Jollelol
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. - Earl Wilson
8:05 AM - 19 Jul 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, July 20, 2018 • Permalink