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Thomas William Jackson (or Thos. W. Jackson as he styled his name in his publications) (1867-1934) was the author and publisher of a series of popular joke books published between, approximately, 1907 and 1955.

The first and most famous was entitled On a Slow Train Through Arkansaw [sic]. Despite their titles, the books have no narrative thread. Their content consists simply of a stream of jokes, clustered roughly by similarity of topic. Women, Jews, Negroes/Colored people/Niggers (all three terms were used), Irishmen, Chinamen, and Mexicans were the butt of many of the jokes.

Some samples of their content (all from I'm From Texas; You Can't Steer Me) give a fair representation of the quality of the humor:

Well, we can't go fishing any more. The Germans have taken all the Poles.
Women today want their alimony in advance.
We will never have a woman president,—for the candidate must be over thirty-five years of age.
If we had women firemen the men would run every time the fire bell rang just to see the women arrange their hose.
Just imagine old maid cops. If they did arrest a man, do you think they would take him to the police station?
Where was Solomon's temple?
On the side of his head.
There was a Jew on the train. An Irishman grabbed him by the nose. The Jew said "Let go my nose." The Irishman said, "I won't until we get around this curve."

List of Thos. W. Jackson's humorous books, in order of publication:

On a Slow Train Through Arkansaw ISBN 0865740011
Through Missouri on a Mule
I'm from Texas; You Can't Steer Me
Don't Miss It! Thos. W. Jackson Telling All the Late Ones
Thos. W. Jackson Catches a Fish and Tells the Story
From Rhode Island to Texas
Oh, You Auto See the Untied States with Jackson
You Can't Beat It! Thos. W. Jackson Getting Off the Good Ones
See America First
Thos. W. Jackson Coming with Good Stuff
Thos. W. Jackson with all the 'Funny Ones
Take a Joy Ride with Thos. W. Jackson to the Land of Smiles
On a Fast Streamliner" (by Harry W. Jackson)
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