Antedating of "Strip-Tease"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon May 17 02:03:43 UTC 2004

strip-tease (OED 1936)

1932 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 26 June F9  In another ten years he [Billy
Minsky] had made Broadway -- meaning Broadway around the Times Square
district -- burlesque conscious.  No less than three theaters -- the
Central, the Republic, and the Eltinge -- were housing entertainment
having the "strip tease" as a feature.

Fred Shapiro

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