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 August 23, 2017
“I sometimes wonder if Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are married to each other”

Uncle Ben’s is a brand name for rice products. Aunt Jemima is a brand name for pancake mixes and syrups. People sometimes joke that Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are married, and this has been printed on several images.

“Would that be Aunte Jemima? Isn’t she married to Uncle Ben?” was posted on alt.humor.puns on February 2, 1998. “Do you think Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are married?” was posted on Twitter on December 30, 2008.

“Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are husband and wife” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on April 12, 2015. “I sometimes wonder if Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are married to each other” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on August 24, 2017.


Wikipedia: Uncle Ben’s
Uncle Ben’s is a brand name for parboiled rice and other related food products. The brand was introduced by Converted Rice Inc., which was later bought by Mars, Inc. It is based in Houston, Texas. Uncle Ben’s rice was first marketed in 1943 and was the top-selling rice in the United States from 1950 until the 1990s.
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Marketing origins
Since 1946, Uncle Ben’s products have carried the image of an elderly African-American man dressed in a bow tie, said to have been a Chicago maître d’hôtel named Frank Brown. According to Mars, Uncle Ben was an African-American rice grower known for the quality of his rice. Gordon L. Harwell, an entrepreneur who had supplied rice to the armed forces in World War II, chose the name Uncle Ben’s as a means to expand his marketing efforts to the general public. “Uncle” was a common appellation used in the Southern United States to refer to older male Black slaves or servants.

Wikipedia: Aunt Jemima
Aunt Jemima is a brand of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast foods owned by the Quaker Oats Company of Chicago. The trademark dates to 1893, although Aunt Jemima pancake mix debuted in 1889. The Quaker Oats Company first registered the Aunt Jemima trademark in April 1937. Aunt Jemima originally came from a minstrel show as one of their pantheon of stereotypical black characters. The character appears to have been a Reconstruction era addition to that cast.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Pancakes
User557686
2/2/98
>: And if our uncle’s wife got mad
>>at us, we’d have a cross aunt.
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>Would that be Aunte Jemima?
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>Isn’t she married to Uncle Ben?  I think they live next door to Mrs.Butterworth in a Log Cabin.  She’s their landlady, and every time she tries to collect the rent, they say “The Chex in the mail”.  It actually is a lovely house on the water, you canfeel the Ocean Spray.
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No, she’s not married to Uncle Ben.  Ben’s Gay (although he does waffle on his sexual preference).  He dated Pam for a while, but it didn’t stick.  She accused him of batter-y.  Now he is out trying to butter up some new sap.  He sure is creating quite a flap, Jack. 

Twitter
Dana Notman‏
@DanaNotman
do you think Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are married?
12:35 PM - 30 Dec 2008

Twitter
jlf‏
@shiveringjenny
I think it may be true that every little kid who is exposed to the products assumes that Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are married.
5:41 PM - 6 May 2009

Twitter
Jonathan Bounds‏
@jdbounds
As a kid I thought Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben were married.  Was that racist or just deductive reasoning based on familial titles?
12:03 AM - 24 Jun 2009

YouTube
The Unlikely Marriage of Aunt Jemima To Uncle Ben
CNNRotatingSquare
Published on Aug 29, 2014
What if 2 famous foods decided to get hitched ? Here’s what would have happened

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are husband and wife
submitted April 12, 2015 by samarco
Barely realized this

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
I sometimes wonder if Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are married to each other.
submitted August 24, 2017 by Lochem72

Posted by Barry Popik
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