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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy post-April Fools' Day!

If you were the victim of an April Fools' Day practical joke involving a banana peel, take solace in this little 1891 note from the Bureau of American Ethnology's correspondence files [Box 104, Hewitt].

302 E. N.W.Friday, June 12, [18]91

Dear Mr. Henshaw: I am confined to my room by a sprained hip which I got by slipping on a banana rind Wednesday on my [way] home from office.

Respectfully yours,


For more information on John N.B. Hewitt, linguist and ethnologist, please see his manuscripts at the Smithsonian.

Watch out for those banana peels!

Leanda Gahegan, National Anthropological Archives

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