What was considered “racy” back then? Ankle jokes?
Racy humor of that era tended to be scatological, and sexual humor tended to be of the “farmer’s daughter” variety.
He frequently told the story of how an Englishman kept a picture of George Washington in a privy, since it had the effect of making "an Englishman S-h-t...." "In the morning after My Marriage," Christopher C. Brown told William Herndon, "Lincoln met me and Said--'Brown why is a woman like a barrel--' C.C.B. could not answer. Well Said Lincoln--You have to raise the hoops before you put the head in.'"
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