Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jun 22 (1917) American Bankers Assoc. 4th Annual Convention with Humorist T.A. Daley: "Giuseppe, da barber, he gotta da cash..."

Thomas Augustine Daley

On this day in 1917, the Journal of the American Bankers Association reports that the fourth annual convention of the New England ABA was held at Narragansett Pier, RI.  The Philadelphia poet and humorist T.A. Daley serenaded the group, with his popular verses in mock Italian-American dialect.

Mr. Daley's address that night was "The Gayety of Nations." Unfortunately, a copy of that poem could not be found. Instead Banker's Notes will serenade you with another T.A. Daley classic "Mia Carlotta." A reminder that neither money nor mustaches buys love.

GIUSEPPE, da barber, ees greata for "mash,"
He gotta da bigga, da blacka mustache,
Good clo'es an' good styla an' playnta good cash.
W'enevra Giuseppe ees walk on da street,
Da peopla dey talka, "how nobby! how neat!         5
How softa da handa, how smalla da feet."
He raisa hees hat an' he shaka hees curls,
An' smila weeth teetha so shiny like pearls;
O! many da heart of da seelly young girls
                He gotta.  10
        Yes, playnta he gotta—
                But notta
Giuseppe, da barber, he maka da eye,
An' lika da steam engine puffa an' sigh,  15
For catcha Carlotta w'en she ees go by.
Carlotta she walka weeth nose in da air,
An' look through Giuseppe weeth far-away stare,
As eef she no see dere ees som'body dere.
Giuseppe, da barber, he gotta da cash,  20
He gotta da clo'es an' da bigga mustache,
He gotta da seely young girls for da "mash,"
                But notta—
        You bat my life, notta—
                Carlotta.  25
                I gotta!

Further Reading

New York Times article with T.A. Daley discussing great American humor
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