KEEP A-GOIN by Frank L. Stanton – 1925 – A Buzza Product
KEEP A-GOIN! If you strike a thorn or rose, Keep a-goin’!
Tain’t no use to sit an’ whine, When the fish ain’t on yer line,
Bait yer hook an’ keep a-tryin’ Keep a-goin’!
From the Writings of Frank L. Stanton
Stanton uses jargon to define his character and to emphasize the situation. You see a man in his boat arguing with a back-talking fish as he utters, “I’ll get you yet.” The motto essentially says stop, just bait the hook, drop it in the lake and try again. Stanton had only a common school education, yet he wrote volumes of poetry and became the editor of an Atlanta paper. I would imagine the “jargon” came easily to him due to his background.
KEEP A-GOIN’! is “A Buzza Motto, copyright 1925”. The Buzza publishing company was considered one of the finest creators of the famed mottos. In fact, the term “Buzza Motto” became the generic name for mottos of the period. The motto is in excellent condition for its age having its original frame, glass, and small brass hanger. The dust-cover paper was added at some point.
Dimensions: 5 1/2” x 7 1/2”