Here's an interesting speculation on the Excelsior question from a
nonsubscribing friend of mine ...
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Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 21:13:45 -0700
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Subject: Re: need help with translation (fwd)
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>"Excelsior" was used when I was a youngster to mean flimsy-type paper,
>though not something that envelopes would be made of. Perhaps the
>envelopes were to be wrapped in bundles of 500 in excelsior paper...
>I don't know the origin of this usage, but it might have been a
OK, maybe the "excelsior, 500 count" refers to flimsy-type paper that gets
stuffed _inside_ an envelope, like those liners-I've-never-understood that
go inside wedding invitations?