OED has 1922 (in entry for love, 7a.) STATUES SELLING LIKE HOT CAKES The Atlanta Constitution (1881-2001); May 21, 1911; pg. A5 col 2. "So for the love of Mike be reasonable and take us home." The Troubles of a Black Eye. [New York Press.] The Washington Post (1877-1954); Jan 10, 1909; pg. M1 col 6. " "Well, for the love of Mike, where did you pick that up?" he said."