Antedating of "Tooth Fairy"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 3 02:04:39 UTC 2004

tooth fairy (OED 1977)

1933 _Sheboygan_ (Wis.) _Press_ 13 Dec. 4  Whenever any of us lost a
tooth, we carefully placed it in an envelope, together with a letter to
the Tooth Fairy, telling what we desired in exchange for the tooth.

Fred Shapiro

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