A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 16, 2017
“If the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?”

“If the world is getting smaller, why do they keep raising the postal rates?” is a jocular saying that was printed in many 1961 newspapers. “If the world is really getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?” is a slight variation that has been used since at least 1997.


12 April 1961, Postville (IA) Herald, “As I See It” by C.W.D., pg. 10, col. 1:
Overheard one lady at a postal window asking, “If the world is getting smaller, why do they keep raising the postal rates?”

12 August 1961, Cleveland (OH) Call and Post, “Wish I’d Said That,” pg. 8-C, col. 4:
“If the world is getting smaller, why do they keep raising postal rates?”—William L. Kinney, Bennettsville (S.C.) Herald-Advocate.

23 July 1971, Odessa (TX) American, “The Quipster,” pg. 1, col. 4:
Why do postal rates keep going up if the world keeps getting smaller?

Google Books
The Comic Encyclopedia:
A Library of the Literature and History of Humor Containing Thousands of Gags, Sayings, and Stories

By Evan Esar
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1978
Pg. 642:
If the world is getting smaller, why do they keep raising the postal rates?

Google Books
The Complete Book of Zingers
By Croft M. Pentz
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers
1990
Pg. 304:
If the world is getting smaller, why do they keep raising postal rates?

21 September 1997, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “The Funnybone,” pg. H7, col. 3:
If the world is really getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?
-- Opal Smith, Louisville

10 December 2000, Edmonton (Alberta) Journal, “Telescope,” pg. E2:
“If the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?”
-- Comic Ron Dentinger

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If the world is smaller why do postal rates keep going up?

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552 Questions That Make You Go “Hmmmmm!” / 87 Great Put Downs!
By Wayne Cundal
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2010
Pg. 14:
If the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?

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Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
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By Frank Paul
Bookbaby
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Pg. ?:
“If the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?”

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If the world is getting smaller, why do
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11:56 PM - 16 Dec 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, December 16, 2017 • Permalink