"Mary's a Grand Old Name" was a song in George M. Cohan's "45 Minutes from Broadway" which had its premier in 1906. The chorus states:
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For it is Mary, Mary
Plain as any name can be
But with propriety, society
Will say Marie.
Perhaps George Herriman picked up on this Mary/Marie thing in his Krazy Kat comic strip of February 20, 1922 where the residents of Kokonino are putting on airs. Herriman colored the strip by hand after publication and presented it, appropriately, "To 'our' Mary...."
|George Herriman, Original hand-colored comic strip artwork for Krazy Kat, February 20, 1922|
|Illustration House, Spring Premier Auction, May 21, 2005 |
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