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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 14, 2009
“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”

Entry in progress—B.P.
Wikiquote: Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953); as vice president, he succeeded to the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
This saying was popularized by Truman, but he attributed it to an unspecified advisor.
The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
Pg. 787:
Harry Vaughn
U.S. presidential adviser and general, 1895-1981
“If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
Quoted in Time, 28 Apr. 1952. Often quoted by Harry S. Truman. This attribution to Vaughan is the earliest documented usage, but it is possible that it was intended as a joke. Wolfgang Mieder maintains in The Proverbial Harry S. Truman that “Truman had known it [the quotation] from the first quarter of the 20th century,” In a speech of 17 Dec. 1952, Truman refers to this quotation as “a saying that I used to hear from my old friend and colleague on the Jackson County Court.”
Google News Archive
12 July 1942, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “Washington Marry-Go-Round” by Drew Pearson, pg. 6, col. 7:
Favorite rejoinder of Senator Harry S. Truman when a member of his war contracts investigating committee objects to his strenuous pace, “if you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
2 April 1949, Charleston (WV) Gazette, pg. 6, col. 2:
And he (Truman—ed.) has warned all his people who are under fire:
“I’ll stand by but if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
Google News Archive
30 August 1949, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, pg. 10, col. 3:
Hot for Vaughan
Editor, the Post-Gazette:
Anent your recent editorial, “Vaughan Should Resign,” I heard a member of the Supreme Court of California say that on a recent visit to Washington Vaughan told him that he had asked the President if they were making it too hot for him on his (Vaughan’s) account. He said the President replied, “When it gets too hot for me I’ll get out of the kitchen.”
I am wondering just how hot he can stand it.
Google Books
U.S. News & World Report
Published by U.S. News Pub. Corp.
Pg. 33:
A. Oh, yes, he has resented it. But he has a saying that he likes to use. “Anybody who can’t stand the heat better get out of the kitchen.”
(Interview with Henry H. Vaughan, military aide to President Truman—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, January 14, 2009 • Permalink

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