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A Little Teapot: 1918

A Little Teapot: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "The Kitchen Clock." A dramatic endeavor whose players were last glimpsed here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Teapot Tune Trivia

This teapot is too early to be the Little Teapot of the famous children's song, which was released by Clarence Kelley and George Sanders in 1939.

Here's the oddity: "I'm a Little Teapot" was a reworking of the Depression Era bombshell, "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" of 1931, albeit in a major key and with waltz timing. And, "Brother..." itself was based on an old Russian lullaby.

This is what a Liberal Arts degree will do for you.

Re: It's driving me nuts

Luckily it's a short drive.

I'm a little teapot short and stout,
here is my handle, here is my spout.
When my water boils, hear me SHOUT!
Tip me over and pour me out!

It’s driving me nuts

What was that little ditty? I head it as a little kid and it started:
I’m a little teapot short and stout,
here is my handle , here is my spout.

I thank you kindly!

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