Rude Jokes

Rude Jokes
Age of the Tail
Chili Confrontation
Coconut Tree
Don't Get Perconel With A Chicken
Hell in a Handbasket
Larks in the Pop Corn
Let the crabgrass grow
Lo the former Egyptian
Low Man
Gene Fowler
People Named Smith
Pig in the Barber Shop
Poor Smiths Almanac
Practical Joker
Putty Knife Factory
Rebel Yell
Return of the Virginian
Short History of Fingers
Smith's London Journal
Three Men on Third
Write Me a Poem Baby
Letters & Misc
HAS Links

It All Started Here:

This is the book that started my collection. It was NOT the first book in the collection.

  If I remember correctly, it was 1971, I was traveling with my parents from Saskatchewan to Ontario to visit my Grandparents. Anyone not familiar with Canada, should know that this was a 4000 KM drive. I was in the back seat of the Jaguar, no such thing as gameboy in those years, luckily I enjoyed reading and had brought a number of books, Science fiction is my favorite, I soon finished the 2 or 3 books that were supposed to last me the trip there and back. My mother, also an avid reader had brought Rude Jokes. I heard her chuckling a number of time on the trip and asked her for the book. There wasn't a moment of boredom after that. I am sure I read almost every page out loud to my parents. I remember that even my Father, a fairly serious person (in the opinion of a 12 year old) had a number of laughs.

  After the trip, the jokes and stories I had read became a staple in the humor that I used and the jokes that were shared with friends and at parties. It wasn't until about 6 years later that I asked my mother if she still had the book, I wanted to read it again. She told me she had lent it to a radio personality in our home town and had never had it returned.

  The search was on!! I watched for the book in used book stores, I tried to request it from new book stores, I tried to get it from libraries. Not to be found.

  In 2000 I started an intensive internet search for the book. That was the beginning of my collection. I started to find other books by H. Allen Smith in the out of print book section at Barnes and Noble  . I found I could get signed first editions. No turning back now.

  I found another copy of this book advertised on the B&N web site, but I delayed a day because of the price, the next time I saw a copy, I hardly looked at the cost, I just hit the purchase button.

  This may not be the nicest book in the collection, but it is my most prized one.


Book Information:

Published only in paperback. (makes it very hard to find)
This is an unsigned copy.
1970 by H. Allen Smith
My copy printed December 1970. I do not know if this is the first or only printing.
A Fawcett Gold Medal Book  449-02883-095
Original price .95 cents. I paid $65.00 cdn.