1892 Frederick Law Olmsted, "Report by F.L.O.", April 1892. Quoted in 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Random House, ISBN 0609608444, page 170.
Origin of frippery
- French friperie from Old French freperie old clothes from felpe, frepe from Medieval Latin faluppa worthless material of unknown origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition