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’!