antedating "greasy spoon" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Sep 12 18:33:43 UTC 2012

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Stephen's find is in one of the Series of AHN that GenealogyBank doesn't
carry (alluding to the problems Sam Clements and I had a week or so ago,
in reproducing Fred Shapiro's antedatings of "French Fries".)

This is kind of bothersome, in that pretty much everything I've searched
for in AHN since subscribing to MidContinent's library stands a
substantial chance of being antedated or otherwise incomplete.

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> Stephen Goranson
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> Bill Mullins wrote:
> OED has 1925 (slang for restauarant)
> _St Paul [MN] Globe_ 29 Apr 1898 p 4 col 4 "A person who was not long
> from foreign parts went into a restaurant, the sign of the "Greasy
Spoon," on
> Seventh street, late Wednesday night and asked for a dish of ham and
> ****
> Headline: A Cut-Rate War Has Broken out. Warring Saloons on the Levee
> the Price of a Drink of Whisky;
> Paper: St. Louis Republic; Date: 08-24-1897; Volume: 90; Issue: 55;
Page: 5;
> Location: St. Louis, Missouri [America's Historical N.] col. 3
> "Two and a Half Cents a Drink, and You Can Pour It Yourself."
> ....The fight was started about noon yesterday by a saloon which is
known by
> the euphonious title of "The Greasy Spoon." The saloon bears no sign
of any
> description over its door, yet the "Greasy Spoon" is well known to all
> deckhands on the river....
> Stephen Goranson
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