25 September 2009

Where's Your Brolly?

From the "Flashes of Life" section of the Kentucky New Era Newspaper on this day in 1939:

By the Associated Press

New York - George McCoy, who conducts a local man-in-the-street radio program, thought one man in the street was tossing him a curve when he gave his name as "Neville Chamberlain."

But the man produced papers attesting he was the sergeant-at-arms on the liner Queen Mary, and that his name really was Neville Chamberlain.

"Well," said McCoy, daunted only slightly, "where's your umbrella?"

(Chamberlain was nicknamed "Umbrella Man" because he was usually seen carrying one. Cartoonists often even portrayed him as an umbrella).


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