Image from page 76 of “Old Boston taverns and tavern clubs” (1917)
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Title: Old Boston taverns and tavern clubs
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Drake, Samuel Adams, 1833-1905 Watkins, Walter Kendall, 1855- [from old catalog]
Subjects: Bars (Drinking establishments) Clubx
Publisher: Boston, W. A. Butterfield
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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1 The Good WohmI Still another board had painted on it a bird, a tree, aship, and a foaming can, with the legend,— This is the bird that never flew,This is the tree which never grew,This is the ship which never sails,This is the can which never fails. SIGNBOARD HUMOR. 53 The Dog and Pot, Turks Head, Tun and Bacchus, werealso old and favorite emblems. Some of the houses
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DOG AND POT. which swung these signs were very quaint specimensof our early achitecture. So, also, the signs themselveswere not unfrequently the work of good artists. Smi-bert or Copley may have painted some of them. Westonce offered five hundred dollars for a red lion he hadpainted for a tavern sign. Not a few boards displayed a good deal of ingenuityand mother-wit, which was not without its effect, espe-cially upon thirsty Jack, who could hardly be expectedto resist such an appeal as this one of the Ship inDistress: With sorrows I am compassd round;Pray lend a hand, my ships aground. We hear of another signboard hanging out at theextreme South End of the town, on which was depicteda globe with a man breaking through the crust, like a 54 OLD BOSTON TAVERNS. chicken from its shell. The mans nakedness was supposed to betoken extreme poverty. So much for the sign itself. The story goes thatearly one morning a continental regiment was haltedin front of the tavern, after having just made
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