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My stars and bars!

Posted by Patty on March 16, 2000

I've heard the expression "my stars and bars!" as an exclamation, from the 1930's or 40's I think. It shows up in movies from that period, usually spoken by a young woman from a small town or from the countryside. Does anyone know how it originated?

Also, I think there are some other expressions that start with "My ..." from the same era. Know any of those?