"lobster back", puzzling meaning

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Aug 23 13:12:03 UTC 2008

At 8/22/2008 11:58 PM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
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>>I forgot to mention an interesting quotation revealed by Google
>>Books, with a possibly different sense:
>>1847, in Historical Collections of Ohio: Containing a Collection of
>>the Most ... by Henry Howe - Ohio - 1847 - 581 pages, Page 254 "If
>>any traveller, in passing through Ohio, should chance to see a large
>>number of " lobster back" people on the farms, or about the village
>>taverns, ...".
>The reference is to people wearing a certain red flannel garment: looks
>like it probably just means "[people] dressed in red" or so.

Thanks, Doug -- I didn't have the perseverance to look further.  But
I only wear red flannel in bed.


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