Full record for earth folk n.

Definition = earthpeople
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite Charles Willard Diffin, 'Brood of the Dark Moon'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Eric Frank Russell's "Dear Devil".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Robert Silverberg's "The Lonely Ones".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from Manly Wade Wellman's "The Devil's Asteroid".
Mike Christie submitted a 1936 cite from Frank Belknap Long's "Cones".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1949 "The Lake of the Gone Forever".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from the Project Gutenberg etext of Charles Willard Diffin's "Brood of The Dark Moon": the first publication was as a serial in Astounding Stories, August-November, 1931. Checking the original page images used to prepare the etext confirmed this cite was in part 4 in the November issue.
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Citations for earth folk n.

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1936 F. B. Long in Astounding Stories Feb. 124/1 Intrepid Earthfolk, suicide battalion people, walking slowly in their flexible suits of difrolchrome, weighted down with high-frequency coils and oxygen tanks and thigh-weights, and living, from instant to instant, dangerously.
1976 L. Brackett Lake of Gone Forever in Space Odysseys 46 Ciel rose obediently but her eyes watched him slyly as she followed the Earthfolk out and down the hall.