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April 08, 2006

They Were Doing "Heywood Jablowme" Jokes Back In 1943

Strategy Page has what they say is a letter from the British Ambassador to Moscow to a Lord Pembroke. It contains a fun but dirty double-entendre.

It's slightly hard to read, but Brett has transcribed it:


H.M. Embassy

Moscow


Lord Pembroke
The Foreign Office
LONDON 6th April 1943


My Dear Reggie,

In these dark days man tends to look for little shafts of light that spill from Heaven. My days are probably darker than yours, and I need, my God I do, all the light I can get. But I am a decent fellow, and I do not want to be mean and selfish about what little brightness is shed upon me from time to time. So I propose to share with you a tiny flash that has illuminated my sombre life and tell you that God has given me a new Turkish colleague whose card tells me that he is called Mustapha Kunt.

We all feel like that, Reggie, now and then, especially when Spring is upon us, but few of us would care to put it on our cards. It takes a Turk to do that.

Sir Archibald Clerk Kerr
H.M. Ambassador

Mustapha Kunt. Friends called him by the Anglicized version of Mustapha, "I Really Gots To Gets Me Some."

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