Run of the Mill

Posted by Bob on October 12, 1999

In Reply to: Run of the Mill posted by Bruce Kahl on October 11, 1999

: : What's the origin of this phrase - I can find no reference.

: Run of the mill, as in plain not fancy.
: I always thought the phrase had to do with some product
: being produced in a factory, the "mill",
: as opposed to being produced by hand.
: The product coming from the mill would be
: quite ordinary, one of a thousand, while the
: hand-made item would be quite unique,
: one of a kind, not the "run of the mill"!!

I've also heard "run of mine" in western Pennsylvania, meaning the same as run of the mill, but source???? Anybody know anything about it?