Antedating of Beef Wellington(1930)

Sam Clements sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Nov 23 00:38:48 UTC 2003

M-W has 1951
OED has 1939, which is Barry's find, previously published on ADS-L

Using, from the Charleston(WV) Daily Mail, January 9, 1930; p.
9, col. 6:

(a story wherein the two characters are in a restaurant in California,
reading from a menu)

      <"Cream of chicken Vanderbilt?"  At 90 cents?  "I'd suggest consomme
Milanaise (45) cents) instead of a thick soup.  And how about ---let's
see---beef Wellington?"  ($1.00--not a thing less than that which he could
     "I want Grenadin Talleyrand," Anne smiled.  "Don't tell me what it is,
but it sounds lovely and expensive."

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