antedating of "pearl diver=dishwasher"

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Jul 2 23:15:31 UTC 2006

OED has 1913.

_Boston Daily Globe_ 10 March 1907  pg.64  (from ProQuest)

Pearl Diver In Texas
Pearl diver wanted--apply at the ????Star cafe.'  (copy illegible-ed.)

"The cafe was not in need of a diver when I applied, but the cashier
explained the duties of the job.  The diver was the dishwasher; just the
Texas slang for the occupation."--Kansas City Times.

Sam Clements

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