"This is the day we give babies away" (1890s)
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What's the origin of the following saying? "This is the day they give
babies away with a pound of butter."
(Long answer with html not re-printed here. It was traced to the 1920s--ed.)
_Evening State Journal _
August 10, 1928 _Lincoln,_
...of you, AND play "THIS IS THE DAY THEy GIVE BABIES AWAY" on a set of
pearly.....used In thai NeTHErlANDs. New York DAY by DAY. By O. O. Mtlntyre.
_Nevada State Journal _
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Viewer.aspx?img=NuHyyu1GcYSKID/6NLMW2kIbN5DJFP4VixULPCNvE2VqsC6fUmwfvw==) Thursday, June 08, 1911
...BLUE-EYED BABY I THIS IS THE DAY Tfiey GIVE BABIES AWAY. Do You Want a
Little.....THIS IS tho dtiy THEj- GIVE AWAY. onc'i ion a. lil'tle 'with..
Pg. 8, col. 6:
_WANTS A HOME_
_This Is the Day They Give_
_Babies Away. Do You_
_Want a Little Fairy?_
This is the day they give babies away. Want one?
(PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS)
_Queries and Answers_
New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Jan 4, 1948. p. BR27 (1
_"Give Babies Away"_
MISS GRACE H. LIBEY, Howe, Ind.: In answer to B. E. (Nov. 16) the lines
wanted are a jingle that reads complete as follows. It was used to advertise some
packaged tea between 1893 and 1902 and pictures of babies accompanied the
Today is the day we give babies away with a half a pound of tea.
If you know any ladies who want any babies, just send them around to me.
There are white babies and black babies and babies of every degree.
For this is the day we give babies away with a half a pound of tea.
Miss Gertrude Gordon, Matilda M. Stern of New York, and E. Bolles,
Harrington Park, N. J., answered this request.
Dr. J. Hart Toland, Philadelphia, Pa., and Mrs. Dave Reed, N. Y., wrote that
the original version of this parody was the lyric to George Rosey's
"Honeymoon March" (words by Dave Reed Jr.) published in 1895 by Jos. Stern & Co. The
Edward N. Marks Music Corporation is the present owner of the copyright. A
book titled "The Day They Gave Babies Away," by Dale Eunson was published in
November of last year.
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