Harry Tate – The Music Hall Star And Oarsman

Earlier today, the reliable Tim Koch responded to my question from Sunday’s entry about Blackie’s friend at the oar, Harry Tate. From London Tim writes,

“Here is a picture of Harry Tate the music hall star. It seems to be the same person as Harry Blackstaffe’s partner. I am impressed that he could lead the life of an itinerant performer and still be a good enough rower to partner the great man. Nothing to do with rowing, but Harry Tate’s catch phrases are interesting. ‘Goodbyeee’ inspired a very popular song of the First World War and beyond. ‘How’s your father?’ was commonly used in Britain as a euphemism for sex until fairly recently. ‘I don’t think’ used ironically (as in ‘He’s a nice chap – I don’t think’) was unknowingly revived in the form ‘Not!’ in the Mike Meyer’s film, Wayne’s World in 1992.”

Thank you, Tim for solving the ‘Harry Tate Mystery’!

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