OT: Poor Man's Orchid
Walter Moores wrote:
> I am not an historian but am considered to be somewhat of an
> antique and an old fogey. Perhaps, Mrs. Mathews of the Iris Test
> College Place, WA, coined the phrase "Poor Man's Orchid" or even
> "Depression Orchid". She used these terms in the preface (greeting) o=
> her price list each year.
I do remember that from the late 70s =
or early 80s -- but don't recall when
she started writing or putting out a
Gene Hunt's MS dates to the late 40s
or early 50s.
BUT digging a bit deeper....
I found a reference to "Poor Man's Orchid"
in Stager's 1922 book, TALL BEARDED
IRIS (Fleur de Lis) A FLOWER OF SONG.
Usually a stickler for atribution of quotations, =
he provided no clues as to the origin of =
the phrase. =