A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 03, 2019
“Shell out!” (Halloween shout)

Entry in progress—B.P.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
to shell out colloquial (figurative from sense 1).
a. transitive. To disburse, pay up, hand over. Also (rarely) to shell down.
1801 M. Edgeworth Forester in Moral Tales I. 191 One of you..must shell out your corianders [see coriander n. 3].
1816 W. Scott Black Dwarf vii, in Tales of my Landlord 1st Ser. I. 141 The gold is shelled down when ye command, as fast as I have seen the ash-keys fall in a frosty morning.
1817 M. Edgeworth Love & Law i. i, in Comic Dramas 10 To shell out for me the price of a deecent horse.
b. intransitive. To pay up.
1821 P. Egan Life in London ii. iii. 229 If you are too scaly to tip for it I’ll shell out and shame you.
1857 T. Hughes Tom Brown’s School Days i. vi. 127 I’ve got a tick at Sally’s,..but then I hate running it high..towards the end of the half, ‘cause one has to shell out for it all directly one comes back.

Newspapers.com
9 December 1916, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Evening Tribune, The Tribune Junior, pg. 5, col. 2:
TELLS ABOUT HALLOWE’EN
(...)
They dress up, go to parties, and the children stop around the shops yelling: “Shell out! Shell out!” Sometimes the shop-keepers fill a bag with fruit or cakes and hand it to the children.
GRODON, MELSTED, 673 Bannatyne avenue.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, November 03, 2019 • Permalink