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 June 21, 2012
“This is a self-cleaning kitchen—clean up after yourself”

“This is a self-cleaning kitchen—clean up after yourself” is a popular sign in many kitchens, printed on many refrigerator magnets. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1989.
1 May 1989, Toronto (Ontario) Star, “Just waking up is reason to whine” by George Gamester, pg. A2:
11 January 1991, Sun-Sentinel (Jacksonville, FL), “Stick with ‘em: Magnets are hot, cling resolutely to the refirgerator…” by Barbara Dinerman, pg. 1E:
Her favorite, among the 25 or so on her refrigerator, is: “This is a self-cleaning kitchen. Clean up after yourself. Dottie’s off-duty.”
CookingLight.com Community 
11-03-2000, 09:29 AM
I don’t know if these will help…got them off the internet through “google”. You have to clue us in on what the project is!
There is no sincerer love than the love of food…..George Bernard Shaw
So much chocolate….so little time!
Just hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt.
God blesses this kitchen but….he doesn’t clean it.
This kitchen is seasoned with love.
If messy kitchens are happy kitchens….mine is delirious!
Kitchen closed due to illness—I’m sick of cooking!
I know that birds have little birds, and fish have little fishes, then why don’t sinks have little sinks, instead of dirty dishes?
This is a self-cleaning kitchen….clean up after yourself!
Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking
From: “Toni”

Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 16:36:50 GMT
Local: Sat, Jan 18 2003 11:36 am
Subject: Re: Kitchen Plaque Sayings
in my kitchen:
Creative minds are seldom tidy
This is a self cleaning kitchen, clean up after yourself, Toni’s off duty
Martha Stewart doesn’t live here and that’s a good thing
Google Books
The Runaway Mother
By Carol Lynn Pearson
Springville, UT: CFI
Pg. 1:
“Just testing your eyesight, Jamie,” she had said, pointing to the little plastic sign above the sink. “Read.”
Fourteen-year-old Jamie adopted his insolent humor-the-mother voice and read in singsong, “This is a self- cleaning kitchen — clean it yourself.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, June 21, 2012 • Permalink

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