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 April 19, 2018
“What kind of phone makes music?"/"A saxophone.”

A phone riddle is:

Q: What kind of phone makes music?
A: A saxophone.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1976.


Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 132:
What kind of phone makes music?
A saxophone.

26 October 1980, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday sec., pg. K9, col. 3:
What kind of phone makes music?
A saxophone.
-- Evelyn Bialowitz, Douglaston

Google Books
Swine Lake:
Music & Dance Riddles

By Charles Keller
Illustrated by Gregory Filling
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
1985
Pg. ?:
What kind of phone makes music?
A saxophone.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Q&As
Nancy Carson
11/11/95
What kind of phone can make music?
A saxophone.

Google Groups: fido7.su.humor
Ha Ha Ha
Alexander Novikov
9/13/98
(...)
- Heard in the Lunch Room -
What kind of phone can make music?
A saxophone.

Google Books
The World’s Most Crazy, Wacky, & Goofy Good Clean Jokes for Kids
By Bob Phillips
New York, NY: Galahad Books
1999
Pg. 202:
Edna: What kind of phone can make music?
Eldon: I have no idea.
Edna: A saxophone.

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
What kind of phone makes music?A saxophone.

Twitter
Lucky Score
@LuckyScoreNet
What kind of phone makes music?
A
saxophone.
#Joke from #TelephoneJokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire
11:07 PM - 19 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Thursday, April 19, 2018 • Permalink