Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups:
- bricks and mortar (noun): net.physics - 15 Nov 1985 by Richard Piner
- When asked how much of DoD support went toward facilities, Col. Donald Carter, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology replied, "Currently our funding for bricks and mortar is low--as a matter of fact it is zero."
- brick-and-mortar (adjective): comp.society.futures - 11 Mar 1988 by Patt Haring
- Instead of a conventional, brick-and-mortar campus, the physical central system of Connect Ed resides in a host computer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology [NJIT], Newark.
- brick and mortar (noun): comp.sys.apple - 17 Apr 1988 by Charles L Ditzel
- No. X is the road one might take toward implementing a standardized user interface. You are confusing the brick and mortar with the building. Both X and NeWS provide the brick and mortar.
- bricks-and-mortar: alt.peeves - 26 Jul 1993 by Charles Stross
- Meanwhile, from the outside, the USAn gun-obsession looks very like the British bricks-and-mortar obsession turned inside out.
— Hippietrail 04:56, 6 Mar 2005 (UTC)