Josh Billings quote

At the last Metrothreads meeting my friend Martha gave me this quote….

Be like a stamp and stick to it until your get where you are supposed to be.

Love it! And it is a great mantra for the Postage stamps that I create. In fact – I think I will include that on all my stamp patterns from here on out! My next publication will be California!

California StateStamp TM

Who is Josh Billings?

Josh Billings was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885). He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.

Shaw was born in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, and worked as a farmer, coal miner, explorer, and auctioneer before he began making a living as a journalist and writer in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1858. Under the pseudonym “Josh Billings” he wrote in an informal voice full of the slang of the day, with often eccentric phonetic spelling, dispensing wit and folksy common-sense wisdom. His books include Farmers’ Allminax, Josh Billings’ Sayings, Everybody’s Friend, Choice Bits of American Wit and Josh Billings’ Trump Kards.

His quote “In the whole history of the world there is but one thing that money can not buy… to wit the wag of a dog’s tail” appears at the beginning of the Disney film Lady and the Tramp.[1]

He toured, giving lectures of his writings, which were very popular with the audiences of the day.

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