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 May 12, 2019
“It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother — the world calls her grandmother”

"It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother — that’s why the world calls her grandmother” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “It’s such a grand thing to be the mother of a mother that the world calls her a grandmother.—Anthony Monde, Inventor-accordionist” was printed in the Pittsburgh (PA) Press on May 8, 1977.

Anthony Monde (1903-1983) was an accordionist. It’s not known when he said it, or if he said it first.


Find a Grave
Anthony Monde
BIRTH 2 Mar 1903
Italy
DEATH 5 Mar 1983 (aged 80)
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Acclaimed Musician. Accordionist of extraordinary talent who, in the 1920s, made Columbia and Harmony recordings...and Edison Diamond Discs. In all, he had 20 78rpm’s to his credit. In the 1920s he was a headliner in the Keith Vaudeville Circuit.

8 May 1977, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “It Is The Day To Pay Tribute To Mothers” by Paul Steiner, pg. F1, col. 1:
It’s such a grand thing to be the mother of a mother that the world calls her a grandmother.—Anthony Monde, Inventor-accordionist.

12 May 1984, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Pioneer descendants to have area reunion” by Margaret Ann Thetford, pg. 6F, col. 5:
This quote from an unknown source notes the occasion: It’s such a grand thing to be the mother of a mother that the worlds (sic) calls her a grandmother.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 534:
It’s such a grand thing to be the mother of a mother that the world calls her a grandmother.

Google Books
365 Reflections on Grandmothers
By Dahlia Porter and Gabriel Cervantes
Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corporation
1997
Pg. 168:
It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother — that’s why the world calls her grandmother. — Anonymous

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The Tao of Mom:
The Wisdom of Mothers from East to West

By Taro Gold
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2004
Pg. 1928:
It’s such a grand thing to become the mother of a mother that the world calls her a grandmother.
-- Ohaa-san

Google Books
Grandparents & Grandchildren:
The Delights of Being a Grandparent

By Camille Liscinsky
Ryland Peters & Small
2006
Pg. 50:
It is such a grand thing to he the mother of a mother; that’s why the world calls her grandmother. ANONYMOUS

Google Books
All My Good Habits I Learned from Grandma
By Laurel Brunvoll
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
2007
Pg. 144:
It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother- that’s why the world calls her grandmother. AUTHOR UNKNOWN

18 May 2007, Hawkes Bay Today (Hastings, New Zealand), “It’s such a grand thing,” pg. A18:
It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother - that’s why the world calls her grandmother. - Author Unknown

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Mum’s Wit:
Quips and Quotes for Marvellous Mothers

By Richard Benson
Chichester, UK: Summersdale
2010
Pg. ?:
It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother – that’s why the world calls her grandmother.
Anonymous

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30 Quotes to Honor Your Grandma on Mother’s Day
Make Grandma feel incredibly loved this year with these quotes.

BY MADISON ALCEDO
APR 25, 2014
(...)
Unknown
“It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother, that’s why the world calls her grandmother.”

Latin Times
15 Mother’s Day Quotes To Tell Grandma How Special She Is!
By Natalie Roterman | May 08 2016, 11:26AM EDT
(...)
“It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother — that’s why the world calls her grandmother.” – Author Unknown

Elite Daily
29 Instagram Captions For National Grandparents Day That Are Super Sweet
BY TESSA HARVEY
SEPT 8 2017
(...)
9. “It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother – that’s why the world calls her grandmother.”—Unknown

Metro (UK)
National Grandparents Day: 11 quotes about grandparents to celebrate
Nickie O’Hara Sunday 10 Sep 2017 12:01 am
(...)
“It’s such a grand thing to be a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother.”

Good Housekeeping
30 Grandma Quotes to Honor Your Nana on Mother’s Day (And Every Day)
Whether you’re writing it in a card or saying it over the phone, it will mean everything to her.

By Selena Barrientos
May 9, 2019
(...)
Unknown
It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother — that’s why the world calls her grandmother.

The Tribune Voice
Happy Mother’s Day 2019 Quotes Images Wishes Messages Motherhood Status for Mom, Grandma, Sister & Friend
By Steven Smith - May 12, 2019
(...)
1. “It’s such a stupendous thing to be a mother of a mother—that is the reason the world calls her grandmother.” — Unknown

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