[Ads-l] a cute expression that, unfortunately, died quickly

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun Jan 17 20:22:46 EST 2021


            It is nearly time to get out the croquet sets and renew the
front yard billiards>
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            Providence Morning Star (Providence, Rhode Island), April 13,
1875
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            Hunt up your croquet sets, and prepare for another season
of ‘‘front
yard billiards.”

            Rockland County Messenger (Haverstraw, N. Y.), April 15, 1875

1875-04-15 -- Rockland County Messenger (Haverstraw, N. Y.)



            "Front yard billiards" will soon be the rage.

            Rockland County Journal (Nyack, N. Y.), April 15, 1875

1875-04-15 -- Rockland County Journal (Nyack, N. Y.)



I started with the 2nd and 3rd of these, from the HRVH Historical
Newspapers file.  I looked for other appearances in the America's
Historical Newspapers file, the American Periodicals file, Gale's
Nineteenth Century Newspapers and Proquest's Historical Newspapers file.
Only the first item turned up.



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-- 
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)
http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851

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