Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 10:12:29 -0500

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: "O. K." again; "Missoury" again

O. K.

Just a few new items. Allan Metcalf said this was new to him. It's

from the Chicago Daily Tribune, "A LINE O' TYPE OR TWO," part 1, pg. 12, col.

3, 1 June 1957:

Sir: Here is the truth about O. K. In Boston about 1810 there was a

baker named Otto Kimmel. He was very proud of his vanilla cookies, and the

best ones he would ship down the Atlantic coast. These were stamped with his

initials. Hence the term O. K. for anything that is perfect.

Frank Bains

This is from the Hampden Federalist (Mass.), 30 November 1815, pg. 3,

col. 1:

(...) I am mistaken, or many shops will ere long, exhibit to their

customers the welcome sight of O. P. _old prices_. (...)

I don't know if Allan has WWII's "Okay Joe," but the February 2-7, 1942

Scholastic advertises that "'OKAY' JOE JENKINS HAS WHAT IT TAKES!" and

"'OKAY' JOE READS (various columns) IN _SCHOLASTIC_."