Welcome to
Old Fashioned American Humor!

The site that celebrates America's humorous history!

Our site focuses on old fashioned American humor...positive, vintage American wit and humor that will lift your spirit and make you proud.

Trouble Sleeping?
Let Grampa Beesley read you to sleep. Really! Gramma Beesley often has trouble sleeping, but she nods off very quickly when Grampa reads to her. She says his voice is soothing and reassuring (we think she really means boring, but it does help her fall asleep).

Grampa has recorded excerpts from vintage stories. These readings are suitable for young and old. They are simple, pleasant and relaxing. Visit, listen and drift away. Nightie-night!
Swiss Family Robinson
Buddy Jim
Mother West Wind
Little Bear

You'll find quotes from Mark Twain (the King of the genre). You'll find audio downloads ranging from a short and funny story to short funny monologues (Now available! See our "Store" page for more information, including samples!). You'll find the works of many, many forgotten humorists that deserve a fresh billing.

We think you will giggle and grin and be surprised at how times may change, but good humor doesn't...it stays vibrantly current, making us laugh as hard as our ancestors.

Whether you grew up in the 20's, 50's or 90's...whether you remember stories Grandpa told, or whether you're the family comedian telling the stories now...we hope you find chuckles and inspiration here.


Thank you, friend, for stopping by. Poke around. Drop in again. Don't be shy about making suggestions, because this site is for you. Let us know how we can improve your experience.

We'll be updating our material and looking forward to seeing you again.

It's great to be American. Always has been. Enjoy!

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Priceless Humor From the 1800's
A page about priceless humor from the 1800's. A good starting point for understanding old fashioned american humor - who was writing it, why, and how it was disseminated.
Favorite Funny Poems and Short Stories to Read Online
A collection of funny poems and short stories to read online.
Mark Twain Humorous Short Stories On-line
This is our page of Mark Twain humorous short stories on-line.
Humor Collections from the Attic of America
Many wonderful collections and compilations of humorous American prose and verse in collections from the attic of America.
Words of Wisdom
This is a page of funny quotes best described by these words of wisdom: “There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.”
Humor from Jokes, Toasts, and Limericks
Good clean jokes...quick...witty...direct. We love to hear and repeat these wonderful little jokes and stories, as did our forefathers (and mothers)...
Examples of Parody
Americans love to poke fun at serious stuff. A parody is a spoof or a nonsensical imitation…a form of humor that some of our forepersons were especially good at. A Persian poem called the Rubaiyat…
Comics and Quips
Comics and quips… our collection of funny images and short jokes! Here are some very funny pictures we have collected, along with some short jokes.
Original and Vintage Images
Here are a variety of original and vintage images. The majority of these images are vintage images, but some are original works in the vein of old fashioned American humor and entertainment.
The Store for Old-Fashioned-American-Humor.com
Welcome to the Store for Old-Fashioned-American-Humor.com!
Contact Us
Contact Us page. Use this page to send us a message.
Contribute to American Humor
Would you like to share your knowledge about american humor? Great, find out how you can submit your story or tip here.