Antedating of "Skyscraper"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 8 02:07:24 UTC 2012

Here's a slight antedating of the common sense of "skyscraper":

skyscraper (OED, 4., 1888 [30 Dec.])

1888 _S.F. Chronicle_ 3 June (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  It may be remarked here that the Board of Trade is surrounded by a group of similar sky-scrapers in the shape of office structures.

Fred Shapiro

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