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
“Office sweet office”

"Office sweet office” 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).

“Office, Sweet Office” was printed in the Winnipeg (Manitoba) Evening Tribune on March 3, 1917. An “Office Sweet Office” sign was shown in an advertisement in the Detroit (MI) Free Press on May 26, 1948.

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


3 March 1917, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Evening Tribune, Humor and City Life sec., pg. 4, col. 3:
Office, Sweet Office.
“SOME day you’ll be rich enough to retire from business.”

“Give up my nice pleasant office and stay home?” rejoined Mr. Grouch. “I should say not.”

20 October 1929, San Francisco (CA) Examiner, “Wealth Fails in Love” by Montague Glass, pg. E3, col. 1:
‘Office, Sweet Office’
“Sure I know!” Morris Perlmutter agreed. “But while there’s been a poem-and song which has been sung all over the world, called Home Sweet Home, up to date, Abe, nobody has ever written a poem by the name Office Sweet Office or even Factory Sweet Factory.”

26 May 1948, Detroit (MI) Free Press, pg. 19, col. 5 ad:
“Why the sign, Charlie” (Two workers look at an “Office Sweet Office” sign.—ed.)
We’ll concede “there’s no place like home”. But next in line for the businessman is “office, sweet office”. Considering how many hours a day—how many days a year—how many years during your career are spent in the office, then certainly that office should be like home to you. It should have the best-looking, most comfortable furniture and the latest and most efficient supplies all from Gregory, Mayer and Thom’s—the businessman’s favorite store.
GREGORY MAYER & THOM CO.
Office Furniture, Stationery, Printing, Blank Books, Engraving, Lithographing

2 July 1964, Chicago (IL) Tribune, sec. 1, pg. 10, col. 1:
OFFICE, SWEET OFFICE
We’re not particularly impressed by stories about how we’ll soon be able to sit at home all day and conduct our business affairs by homevision, teletypewriter, copying and transcription machinery, and computers.

OCLC WorldCat record
Bureaucracy : [office sweet office]
Author: Dennis Warwick
Publisher: London : Longman, 1974.
Series: Aspects of modern sociology : Social processes
Edition/Format: Print book : English : 1. publ

Google Books
31 October 1977, New York magazine, “Psychology of the New York Work Space” by T. George Harris, pg. 51:
No doubt you’d want, instead, something more like the chic and roomy offices set up by several well-known New Yorkers (see “Office, Sweet Office,” page 55).

26 February 1984, Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), Upstate Magazine, pg. 5, col. 1:
OFFICE SWEET OFFICE

Google Books
Dear Mr. Carson
By Elizabeth Ridley
Permanent Press
2006
Pg. 79:
“Office, sweet office,” Pop said, straightening his coat on the stand.

Twitter
Saket Vaidya
@Vulturo
Back from an all day session of meetings and suchlike. Office, sweet Office
7:38 AM · Nov 27, 2006 · Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Erin Moore
@ErinMMoore
Office Sweet Office.  It’s been almost a week.  Am I alone in finding my office to be a haven of sorts?
9:02 AM · Aug 28, 2008 · Twitter Web Client

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Aliton Embroidery
@AltonEmbroidery
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Office Sweet Office Cross Stitch Pattern Pdf, Counted Needlepoint Design, Modern X Stitch Chart
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, July 18, 2019 • Permalink