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The Brick in a Hat—a perennial favorite -- April Fool's Day, 1896

"It is strange that there has been little or no improvement in the jokes of April first. Reliable authorities assert that the old gentlemen of colonial days were made victims of hat hidden bricks just as old gentlemen are today and that the small boy has been invariably the culprit in all the ages." [Lemars Globe — Apr 1, 1896]

April Fool Categories: 1890s, Street Pranks, Brick in Hat.
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