Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 09:01:53 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower 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. Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference