The Crazy Keyboards of yesteryear Sara Goldsmith, Slate An illustrated tour of a land before QWERTY.
Perhaps the inspration was elegant ladies from yesteryear, waiting for their pilots to come home?
There were boyish suits from yesteryear with puffy white sleeves and fur collars worn by androgynous creatures with white faces.
coined 1870 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from yester(day) + year to translate French antan (from Vulgar Latin *anteannum "the year before") in a refrain by François Villon: Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? which Rossetti rendered "But where are the snows of yesteryear?"