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 October 17, 2018
“Witch you were here”

"Witch you were here” is a Halloween pun on the saying “wish you were here.” The “witch” saying was printed on postcards, but the first date is uncertain.

“Witches probably were broomsticking Tokyo. But they didn’t excuse their absence by wiring, ‘Sorry, witch you were here’” was printed in the Honolulu (HI) Star-Bulletin on November 1, 1944.


1 November 1944, Honolulu (HI) Star-Bulletin, “Cops Say Only Bad Spirits Were in Bottles Last Night,” pg. 6, col. 4:
Witches probably were broomsticking Tokyo. But they didn’t excuse their absence by wiring, “Sorry, witch you were here.”

30 October 1958, Daily Defender (Chicago, IL), pg. 1, cols. 1-2 photo caption:
Witch You Were Here?
TOMORROW IS HALLOWEEN and once again its time for spooks, gobblins, and best of all, witches.

4 May 1975, Boston (MA) Sunday Globe, pg. C22, col. 4 ad:
Witch You Were Here
(King’s Grant. A resort near the Salem Witch Museum.—ed.)

OCLC WorldCat record
Witch you were here
Author: Kate Saunders; Tony Ross
Publisher: Bath : Galaxy, 2001.
Series: Belfry witches, 5.
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : Large print ed

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Saturday, October 31, 2009
WW - Witch You Were Here
This is a handmade Halloween postcard I designed and printed with a linoleum block, circa 1988.

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OCLC WorldCat record
Witch you were here
Author: Lori Woods; Rebecca Mitchell; Tantor Media.
Publisher: Old Saybrook, Conn. : Tantor Media, β„—2018.
Edition/Format: eAudiobook : English : Unabridged
Summary:
A routine trip to the vet begins a wild adventure when Suzy Maycomber and her cat, Snowball, take a shortcut through the cemetery and find themselves in the mystical land of Nightshade, where magic exists and cats talk. Only the librarian, Rachel, the most powerful witch in Nightshade, can help Suzy get home. One big problem: Rachel’s just been murdered. Desperate to find her way home, Suzy reluctantly agrees to take Rachel’s place as Nightshade’s resident witch, where she’ll have access to the spell books that might hold the answers she needs. But her search for the truth draws Suzy ever deeper into danger. There is someone-or something-in Nightshade that doesn’t want Suzy to get home. Rachel’s murderer is prepared to kill again-and Suzy may be next. If Suzy wants to get home, she’ll have to learn to be a witch first.

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33. “Witch you were here.” β€” Unknown

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