Jelly Bean (1899)

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Sun Nov 24 23:13:50 UTC 2002

   From "pinto bean" to "jelly bean" this weekend.
   OED and everyone else has 1905.  Is there a New Orleans "jelly bean" origin?  Or is it from Chicago, as the 1905 citation has?  I'll check the CHICAGO TRIBUNE when that goes online.
   From the LADIES' HOME JOURNAL (American Periodical Series online), January 1899, pg. 12, col. 1:

   "I don't want no jelly beans; I want some o' them fruit tablets."
   Then, indeed, the worm turns, and the druggist declines to give expensive candies as lagnappe with a five-cent purchase.

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