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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 15, 2022
“Cleaning windows is a pane in the glass”

"Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass” is a jocular saying that has been printed on several images. “Pane in the glass” is a pun on “pain in the ass.” There are many variations of the pun.

“Windows are a Pane in the Glass” (the title of a fictional movie) was in the episode “Fred Meets Redd” of the television sitcom Sanford and Son on January 14, 1977. “windows are a pane in the glass!” was posted on Twitter by Marc’s Glass on July 7, 2010. “And as they said on ‘Sanford and Son’:  Windows are a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by yoktomsqueegee on March 4, 2017.

“Windows is a pane in the glass!” was posted on the newsgroup alt.conspiracy.jfk on September 9, 1993. “Windows is a pane in the glass! (Douglas Helsel)” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on March 29, 2004. “One I haven’t heard before: ‘Windows is a pane in the glass’” was posted on Twitter by Adam Davis on September 10, 2009. (The Microsoft Windows operating system might be part of this joke.)

“cleaning windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by Logan Crosby on May 17, 2010. “Cleaning windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by CAMEL on November 21, 2015. “Cleaning windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by Lisa Doey on June 12, 2017.

“Installing windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by J. Hays on August 16, 2012. “Installing windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by nosfera-stu on August 3, 2013.

“Cracked windows are a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by Pat on April 27, 2015.

“washing windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by Mike on January 18, 2016. “WASHING WINDOWS IS A PANE IN THE GLASS” (shown on a sign) was posted on Facebook by Indian Hills Community Sign on October 15, 2022.

“Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by IABD Presents on July 10, 2017. “Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass” was posted on Twitter by Suraj Sharma on July 30, 2017. “Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass” was printed in the book Play on Words: 1001 jeux de mots pour progresser en anglais (2020) by Luc Geiller.


IMDb
Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Fred Meets Redd (1977) (originally aired on January 14, 1977.—ed.)
Trivia

The fictional movie that Redd Foxx is promoting is titled “Windows are a Pane in the Glass”, a joking reference to Foxx’s real life demand that his dressing room have windows. (The studio’s refusal led Foxx to leave the series for portions of the third and fourth seasons.)

Google Groups: alt.conspiracy.jfk
Halo in Z film—please respond McAdams
Tommy Usher
Sep 9, 1993, 1:22:00 PM
(...)
. SLMR 2.1a . Windows is a pane in the glass!

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 03-29-04
Stan Kegel
Mar 29, 2004, 3:43:27 PM
(...)
Windows is a pane in the glass! (Douglas Helsel)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 09-20-04
Stan Kegel
Sep 20, 2004, 2:33:54 PM
(...)
Windows is a pane in the glass! (All-Adult Humor)

Twitter
Adam Davis
@stienman
One I haven’t heard before: “Windows is a pane in the glass.”
11:36 AM · Sep 10, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Logan Crosby
@logancrosby
cleaning windows is a pane in the glass.
12:17 PM · May 17, 2010·TweetCaster

Twitter
Marc’s Glass
@MarcsGlass
windows are a pane in the glass! Call us to get it done right. Office or Home we are window replacement experts.
7:10 PM · Jul 7, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Funnyshit
@ShiTaTwit
Windows are a pane in the glass !
10:30 AM · Nov 28, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
J. Hays
@JPHwood
Installing windows is a pane in the glass, and breaking them is a pain in the glass.
8:25 PM · Aug 16, 2012·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
nosfera-stu
@rinbcage
Installing windows is a pane in the glass.
8:02 AM · Aug 3, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Pat
@Party_Pat_Doe
Cracked windows are a pane in the glass
10:01 PM · Apr 27, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
CAMEL
@theangrycamel
Cleaning windows is a pane in the glass
10:28 PM · Nov 21, 2015 from East Region, Singapore·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Mike
@Smokikee
washing windows is a pane in the glass
11:53 AM · Jan 18, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
yoktomsqueegee
@yoktomsqueegee
Replying to @Chicago_History and @TwitterChicago
And as they said on “Sanford and Son”:  Windows are a pane in the glass.
9:22 PM · Mar 4, 2017·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Lisa Doey
@ProBlueberries
Cleaning windows is a pane in the glass
10:46 PM · Jun 12, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
IABD Presents
@IABDPresents
Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass.
#morning #puns
8:48 AM · Jul 10, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Suraj Sharma
@ahappysaint
Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass.
2:28 AM · Jul 30, 2017·TweetDeck

Google Books
Play on Words:
1001 jeux de mots pour progresser en anglais

By Luc Geiller
malakoff, France: Armand Colin
2020
Pg. ?:
Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass.

Twitter
Auto-Pro Glass & Tire
@AutoProGlass
Broken windows are a pane in the glass! Let us fix it for you. Our home and business glass repair services include shower doors, fireplace doors, windows and more. Give us a call! Our high-quality repairs will shatter your expectations.
10:48 AM · Mar 4, 2020·Sendible

Twitter
Crime and PUNishment
@MadisonCarly26
Fixing broken windows is a pane in the glass
5:23 AM · Aug 25, 2022 from Manhattan, NY·Twitter for Android

Facebook
Indian Hills Community Sign
October 15, 2022 at 12:412 PM ·
(The following text is shown on a sign.—ed.)
WASHING WINDOWS
IS A PANE
IN THE GLASS

Posted by Barry Popik
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