An advertisement for lye, 1900, Chicago.
According to etymology sources, the word “dude” originally was used when mentioning someone who was fashion-forward or an extremely well dressed man.
Wiki has a great page on the word, including a mention of Evander Berry Wall who was dubbed, “King of the Dudes” in the 1880s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dude

An advertisement for lye, 1900, Chicago.

According to etymology sources, the word “dude” originally was used when mentioning someone who was fashion-forward or an extremely well dressed man.

Wiki has a great page on the word, including a mention of Evander Berry Wall who was dubbed, “King of the Dudes” in the 1880s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dude

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