Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 09:01:53 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: Five & Dime / Dime store
Tom, I was alive through 85% of the 1930s, but I remember the "million
dollar baby in the five and ten cent store" from the 1940s. Someone else
will come on and say it was 1950s, I'm sure.
I'm hardly in a position to say, since my _parents_ were only alive
through 40% of the 1930s, but see _American Speech_ VII (April 1932)
250: Bing Crosby plaintively croons that he has "Found a Million
Dollar Baby in the Five and Ten Cent Store." Doesn't say when the
song was written, but before 1932 for sure.
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com