Actually, it is reversed in Charlotte's Web. Didn't "greetings and salutations" become the famous leading line of a letter from the Selective Service announced that you had been drafted? I wonder how far that goes back.
Charlotte's Web (1973)
"Salutations means greetings. It's my fancy way of saying hello."
- Charlotte A. Cavatica (Debbie Reynolds)
http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/treere ... p3?ID=1324
Narrator: Fern named the pig Wilbur. She fed him, played with him, and put him to bed. They had a wonderful time. When the pig was five weeks old, Mr. Arable said he was big enough to sell. It was soon arranged. Next day, Wilbur went to live in a manure pile in the cellar of Zuckerman's Farm. At Zuckerman's Farm, Wilbur was very lonely. He tried to make friends with the other animals, but didn't have much luck. Until one day, he heard a voice.
Wilbur: What are they? And where are you? Please tell me where you are and what are salutations?
Charlotte: Salutations are greetings. When I say salutations, it's just my fancy way of saying hello or good morning. Actually, it's a silly expression, and I am surprised that I used it at all. As for my whereabouts, that's easy. I'm up here. Look, I'm waving. See me now?
Wilbur: Oh yes, indeed! How are you? Good morning! Salutations! Very pleased to meet you. What is your name please? May I have your name?
Charlotte: My name is Charlotte.
http://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/alta/dful ... cene2.html