Mary’s Monkey

As one of my personal projects, I am scanning and correctly, archivally storing the family collection of papers and documents.  Yesterday I scanned a collection of 400 post cards dating from 1908 to 1920.

One little series mentioned soap, so I read it carefully … and I just have to share:

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Mary has a little Monkey
Just as cute as it can be,
It was covered with the softest hair
That ever did you see.

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To keep it nice and clean
Was Mary’s greatest hope,
She washed her little monkey
With the best kind of soap

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The boys all like Mary
And like her monkey, too.
And when they pal so nice with it,
What can Mary do?

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Once Mary’s monkey got real cold
That filled her with alarm,
So she bought some woolen pants
For to keep her monkey warm.

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Mary went is in swimming
And she took her little pet,
A wave hit in the … “good old summer time1 Slang term for butt or behind from that era.,”
And she got her monkey wet.

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Mary now is married,
And it keeps her on the jump.
And between the man and mary,
Her monkey has to hump2At that time “hump” meant to run fast..

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What more is there to say?

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