Friday, September 13, 2019


Wish You Were Here, from Albert Carmichael

Hey, it's been way too long since Albert Carmichael made an appearance here! Here's a sample from his later (probably 1914) unsigned Taylor Pratt & Co. Series 728, "They Never Come Back."


Two puzzles: What this is referencing, and who you'd want to send this too.

Most of the Google hits were for the 1940 movie "Pinocchio", for a scene of the Coachman talking about Pleasure Island. There were a lot of sports articles, but no usage that implied it was a catchphrase.

I suspect this was one of a series of "funny" demises -- otherwise it would read "He Never Came Back". And that would imply the phrase had some context that allowed comic use.
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