[Ads-l] Antedating of "Emmy"

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 3 20:58:15 UTC 2020

They were almost called "Ikes".

_Variety_ 19 Feb 1947 p 28 col 2
"Idea for the Academy awards, to be known as 'Ikes' (trade name for Iconoscope), was the suggest of Patrick Michael Cumming of the Bergen-Cumming studios."


Since the origins of "Oscar" and "Hugo" have been discussed on this list, I thought I should look into "Emmy."  See below for an antedating.

Emmy (OED 1949)
1948 _Billboard_ 4 Dec. 12/3 (ProQuest)  First video film competition to be sponsored locally will be backed by the Coast's Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). Winner of "the best film made for television" will be awarded an Emmy statuette, patterned after the famed Oscar, Motion Picture Academy award.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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