Change the name of Arkansas? (1910); See a pin... (1870)
Mark A. Mandel
mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Thu Feb 17 16:24:53 UTC 2005
#"SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP..."
#It appears that "pin" is earlier than "penny."
#(AMERICAN PERIODICAL SERIES ONLINE)
#DREAM OF THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WOULD NOT PICK UP A PIN.
#Mrs A M Diaz. Our Young Folks. An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls (1865-1873). Boston: Mar 1870. Vol. 6, Iss. 3; p. 178 (8 pages)
#"See a pin and pick it up,
#All the day you'll have good luck;
#See a pin and let it lie,
#Come to sorrow by and by."
Not surprising in historical context. A little girl would be much more
likely to see a pin on the floor than a penny. If I recall correctly what I
have read, pins used to be considered quite valuable, having to be made by
hand individually. There's an old song called "Paper of Pins" in which a
suitor offers a lady just that for her hand, followed by other valuable
items, each of which she refuses up to and including "the key to my
chest"... until, in some versions,he offers "the key to my heart", which
-- Mark A. Mandel, The Filker With No Nickname
Now on the Filker's Bardic Webring!
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