The Nickel That Rolled In the Pocket

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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  1. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    Huh, so “jitney” was slang for a nickel? Wonder how that relates to “jitney” as a (usually illegal/unlicensed) cab – were cab rides once a nickel?Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe
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    Question the historical accuracy on this one; there’s not an onion in sight, much less on anyone’s belt.

    (Though maybe because this is the buffalo nickel era not the bumblebee nickel one?)Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    We’ve seen jitney before, and, yes, it was at the pool hall.

    So maybe it was a regionalism that the guy who moved there from (wherever) used unrepentantly?Report

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