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 18, 2019
“Cubicle sweet cubicle”

"Cubicle sweet cubicle” is a work saying that has been printed on many images. The saying is based on the song “Home Sweet Home” that John Howard Payne (1791-1852) wrote for the opera Clari, the Maid of Milan (1823).

“Cubicle Sweet Cubicle” was printed in The Oregon Statesman (Salem, OR) on May 25, 1978. The sign is mostly ironic, for who would celebrate working in a cubicle?

Similar work-related sayings include “Home sweet home office,” “Home sweet office” and “Office sweet office.”


25 May 1978, The Oregon Statesman (Salem, OR), “Office space is cut down to size” by John Hayes, pg. 6B, col. 3:
A secretary gave Green a plaque in needlepoint style that read “Cubicle Sweet Cubicle” to hang on the wall of his new office.

19 November 1979, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Smiley Anders’ Baton Rouge,” pg. 1-B, col. 1:
This was reflected in the clever sign I saw in one such area the other day. It was done in an ersatz needlepoint, very homey, and said “Cubicle Sweet Cubicle.”

21 July 1980, Washington (DC) Post, “Office Walls Going Soft in Downtown” by Scott Chase, Washington Business sec., pg. 3, col. 1:
The sign on the wall of Debbie Ayres’ office at the Edison Electric Institute says “Cubicle Sweet Cubicle.”

6 January 1981, The Evening Press (Binghamton, NY), “Kelly likes baking, not attention” by Sue Carroll, pg. 1B, col. 3:
Propped up on one of the shelves that holds her cookbooks is a sign that read, “Cubicle, sweet cubicle.”

Google Books
Business Knowledge Investment:
The Building Globally-Architected Information

By J. Alfred French
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Yourdon Press
1990
Pg. 20:
The expression [cubicle, sweet cubicle] implies the isolation of many corporate departments.

Google Books
Crossroads, USA:
Discovering American Culture and Language with the Daily Newspaper, Volume 1

By Robert Hughes
Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company
1998
Pp. 19-20:
Thus, the title of this article — “Cubicle, sweet cubicle” — is a joke, for “relaxing” and “being yourself” would be big mistakes — if not simply impossible — for anybody working in one of these tiny, doorless, low- walled offices.

Twitter
The Beloved Leader
@belovedleader
Back to the office with you, scoundrel!  Ah, Cubicle, sweet cubicle.
2:28 PM · Jan 3, 2008 · Twitter Web Client

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20 Gifts Your Coworkers Will Love That Aren’t Mugs
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BY MADELYN SIMONS
DEC 6, 2018
(...)
Cubicle Sweet Cubicle Office Poster
etsy.com
$61.93
Jazz up their cube with a witty sign.

Google Books
Title Cubicle Sweet Cubicle: Lined Journal: The Thoughtful Gift Card Alternative
Author Black House Press
Publisher Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us, 2019
ISBN 1099654955, 9781099654954
Length 122 pages

Twitter
Sarah Carrasco ☆
@legallyrah
cubicle sweet cubicle 🖇
9:28 PM · Apr 16, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, July 18, 2019 • Permalink