Keelmin's Comic Annewal

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The Keelmin's Comic Annewal, for (followed by the actual year)
Author John W. Chater
Country United Kingdom
Language English, many in (Geordie dialect)
Genre annual – book
Publisher John W. Chater
Publication date
between (at least) 1869 and 1883
Media type Print
Pages varies but generally less than 50 pages

Details[edit]

The Keelmin's Comic Annewal, for 1869 was a book, published and printed annually by John W. Chater, between (at least) 1869 and 1883. It contained a mixture of songs, poems, humorous tales, jokes, conundrums, tongue twisters and other items of frivolity.[1]

The full title of the book was “The Keelmin's Comic Annewal, for 1869, gi'es ye the best bits o' wit an' wisdim, be the clivvorest cheps aboot Tyneside; Awl M'yed Oot O' Thor Awn Heeds, An 'Lustrayted Wi' Lots Iv Curius An' Clivvor Comic Cuts.Be J. L. Marcke an' C. H. Ross,(B'yeth Reg'lae Cawshins.) Price Sixpence – Reddy Munny------------(followed by 7 rules te buyers)------------J. W. Chater, 89, Clayton Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne”

A copy of most years books are now held at Beamish Museum

The publication[edit]

The front cover is as thus :-

THE
KEELMIN'S COMIC
ANNEWAL,
FOR 1869
GI'ES YE
THE BEST BITS O' WIT AN' WISDIM
BE THE CLIVVOREST CHEPS ABOOT TYNESIDE;
AWL M'YED OOT O' THOR AWN HEEDS,
AN 'LUSTRAYTED WI'
LOTS IV CURIUS AN' CLIVVOR COMIC CUTS.
BE
J. L. MARCKE AN' C. H. ROSS,
(B'YETH REG'LAE CAWSHINS.)
PRICE SIXPENCE – REDDY MUNNY
– - – - – - –
RULES TE BUYERS
– - – - – - –
J. W. CHATER, 89, CLAYTON STREET
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The cost of the publication was “Price sixpence- Reddy Munny

Contents[edit]

The contents cover many topics, mainly written in the Geordie dialect, often very broad. You will note that the riddles are a little bit dated !

Below is a small sample of the type of items these annuals contained :-

Songs[edit]

  • Awd Grey Meer – (The), to the tune of The Pladdie awa (1873 annual)
  • Bellman's penshun, to the tune of Bow, wow, wow (1873 annual)[2]
  • Bobbies and the claes line – (The) or the weshorwives' rivvenge, to the tune of Weshorwife or Man i' the m'yun (1869 annual)[3]
  • Dispairin' K'yuk O' Howdin – (The) (1869 annual)
  • Drop ahint the door – (A), to the tune of Yen kiss ahint the door (1873 annual)[4]
  • Fortniths Wages Weekly – (A), to the tune of King o' the Cannibal Islands, written by Ralph Blackett, (1871 annual)[5]
  • Gannin' te the well, to the tune of Awd lang syne (1873 annual)[6]
  • Geordy Black, written by Rowland Harrison, (1873 annual)[7]
  • Janey Grey, to the tune of Robin Thomsin's smiddy (1869 annual)[8]
  • Jimmy's brocken oot, to the tune of Row upon the stairs, written by Thomas Kerr, (1871 annual)[9]
  • Midhap – (A) or After Tom Hood – A long way (1873 annual)
  • Nowt like a hoose o' yer awn, written by Rowland Harrison, (1873 annual)[10]
  • Penny show peep – (The), to the tune of Canny Newcassel (1873 annual)[11]
  • Pitman and the quack – (The) – (1873 annual)[12]
  • Shields forinor – (The) (Founded on facts), to the tune of Charmin young widow (1873 annual)[13]
  • Since aw hev been away, to the tune of An' sae will we yit, written by John Kelday Smith, (1871 annual)[14]
  • Thro' havin' nowt te de!, written by Joe Wilson, (1869 annual)[15]
  • When will they get it D'yun, to the tune of Ne luck aboot the hoose (1873 annual)[16]
  • Ye Knaw! Ye See, to the tune of The Railway Guard, written by Joe Wilson, (1873 annual)[17]

Example of riddles (1873 annual)[edit]

  • What local name puts you in mind of Highland Firs? – Scotswood
  • Why is a Circus Proprietor like a Clergyman at a wedding? – Neither can perform without a ring

See also[edit]

Geordie dialect words
John W. Chater
Chater’s Annual – a yearbook published between 1861-1882
Chater's Canny Newcassel Diary and Remembrancer 1872

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