antedate for "cover girl" (1899)

Geoffrey Nunberg nunberg at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Jan 30 20:16:00 UTC 2005

Poem in the NYT Jul. 30, 1899 entitled "To A Magazine Cover Girl,"
which begins:

I'll not gainsay you your beauty, for indeed you're wondrous fair,
But tell me, oh, I pray you, how you ever fix your hair?

The OED has 1915.

Geoff Nunberg

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