"Shoobie" etymology

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DARE has "benny" from 1977 and "shoobie" from 1968.
I did some checking and this 1958 cite seems helpful.
by John T. Cunningham
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press
Pg. 101:
Fast trains to Atlantic City, along with a one-dollar round-trip fare,
created the "day tripper," and the "Dollar Excursion" unquestionably (Pg.
102--ed.) gave the city its wide popularity. Throughout the 1890's and up until  World
War I working men had freedom to play only on Sundays. That day, week in  and
week out, found swaying Atlantic City-bound coaches teeming with
Philadelphia families, laden with their "shoe box lunches."
Naturally not all of Atlantic City viewed the "Shoe Box Lunch Set" with
favor. Keepers of the swank hotels figured anyone who couldn't come for at least
a week should stay home and get rested for his job.
_Season  of Busy Living Opens at Shore Resorts; Season of Traffic and Busy
Living Opens  at Shore Resorts _
By SUZANNE DALEY. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: May 30,
 1983. p. 1 (2 pages)
Pg. 22:
Mr. Chomowicz said that the full-time residents called tourists, both
humorously and derisively, "shoobees," referring to their habit of wearing shoes  on
the beach.
"Every Labor Day," he said, "people hang banners out of their windows which
say, 'Shoobee Go home.'"
_For  Early Tourists, a Tepid Welcome at Jersey Resort; A Resort Welcomes
Tourists,  Barely _
By NICK RAVO Special to The New York  Times. New York Times (1857-Current
file). New  York, N.Y.: Feb 16, 1987. p. 29 (2 pages)
First page:
"They get offended when we say, 'Shoobie go home.'"
Shoobie is a name Long Beach Island residents attach to tourists, usually
those from Philadelphia and the New York Metropolitan region. The name is
derived, local residents said, from day-trippers of decades ago who visited the
island and brought their lunch in shoe boxes.
_Facing  the Tourist Season With Mixed Feelings_
By MARIA  EFTIMIADES. New York Times (1857-Current file).  New York, N.Y.:
May 6, 1990. p. NJ2 (1 page)
That's when the "shoobes" emerge. "They're the ones who come down and
disturb us," said Ms. Frank, who lives in nearby Margate.
The term "shoobe," Cape May people say, derives from Philadelphians who  come
to Jersey Shore towns with everything they need--sunglasses, swimsuit,
suntan lotion--fitting into a shoebox.

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