Posted by Smokey Stover on June 10, 2004
In Reply to: Grease paper posted by Bruce Kahl on June 10, 2004
: : : Is grease paper the same thing as greaseproof paper?
: : I'm afraid I don't know that. All I know about is "waxed paper."
: I found "greasepaper" used in more US originating sites and "Greaseproof paper" used in many sites from the UK,AU and CN.
: In the Brooklyn, NY area we always said greasepaper.
: Seems, but I am not 100% sure, that they are one and the same.
: Anuone else can give us the wholenine on this one?
I'd be glad to know the skinny on this one. All OED will say is that in 1895 the Montgomery Ward catalogue offered "Waxed Butter Paper," which it said was grease-proof, and that other people continue to talk about grease-proof paper at least until 1940. I think I remember that it was NOT the waxed paper familiar today, but was more like butcher paper. I suspect it might have been replaced in most households by the kind of waxed paper currently being sold, which itself is largely being replaced by plastic film. SS