Hey there, hi there, ho there, all! Pleasure to meet you. I’m Joker Wilde, and each week, I’m going to be providing you with some of the most hilarious–and, yes, authentic–jokes of the Victorian era. Some of them may not erm translate particularly well today, but just know that, in the 19th century, they had people literally rolling in the aisles!
THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR PUN: If William Penn’s aunts kept a pastry shop, what would be the prices of their pies? The pie-rates of Penn’s Aunts.
OH, I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE: What things increase the more you contract them? Debts.
OH, DEAR…: A Western editor received a letter from a subscriber asking him to publish a cure for appletree worms. He replied that he could not suggest a cure until he knew what ailed the worms.
UM, HAHA?: Why do women carry parasols? The sun is of the masculine gender, and they cannot endure his ardent glances.
STOP! YOU’RE KILLING ME: “They are going to be married! Why, I didn’t know they were engaged.” “Well, you see, there are so many engagements broken nowadays that they thought they wouldn’t get engaged, just simply married.”
Awww, Victorians. Amirite?!