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THORN BUSHES

THEY BECOME MORE INVITING.
THE REASON THAT THERE ARE SO MANY THORN BUSHES IN HAWAII, IS WHEN
THE MISSIONARIES FIRST CAME TO HAWAII, THE NATIVES WORE NO
CLOTHING. IN ORDER TO GET THEM TO WEAR CLOTHES, THE MISSIONARIES
PLANTED THORN BUSHES SO THAT THE NATIVES WOULD CUT
THEMSELVES ON THEM,
AND THUS REALIZE THE NEED TO WEAR CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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THORN BUSHES

THE REASON THAT THERE ARE SO MANY THORN BUSHES IN HAWAII, IS WHEN THE MISSIONARIES FIRST CAME TO HAWAII, THE NATIVES WORE NO CLOTHING. IN ORDER TO GET THEM TO WEAR CLOTHES, THE MISSIONARIES PLANTED THORN BUSHES SO THAT THE NATIVES WOULD CUT THEMSELVES ON THEM, AND THUS REALIZE THE NEED TO WEAR CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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DRESS

ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS GIRLS AT THIS SUMMER CAMP WORE WHITE CLOTHING.
WORE WHITE DRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD ; CAMP ARBUTUS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITION

WEARING JEANS THE DAY BEFORE EXAMS AND DRESS CLOTHES THE DAY AFTER
RESULTS IN GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS PRACTICE IS ADHERED TO AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. QUESTIONING
OF THE STUDENT BODY RESULTED IN NO LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR
THE ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS CONTINUOUSLY PRACTICED.

Where learned: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Good luck

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DRESS

POLAND'S NATIVE COSTUMES APPEAR IN THE COUNTRY, THE FARMS, AND THE
CITIES. ON HOLIDAY OCCASIONS, THE FARMER WOMEN WEAR THE OLD
SERDUSZEK, OR EMBROIDERED VEST, WITH SKIRTS OF MANY COLORS.
THERE IS MUCH FLAUNTING OF RIBBONS AND AT THE NECK ARE WORN
STRINGS AND STRINGS OF BEADS MADE OUT OF CORAL. SOMETIMES AS
MANY AS A DOZEN AT A TIME, AND IN MOST CASES THEY ARE FAMILY
HEIRLOOMS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

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POLISH BAPTISMAL CUSTOM

IT IS CUSTOMARY AMONG SOME POLISH PEOPLE TO FASHION A BAPTISMAL
DRESS FOR A FIRST BORN CHILD FROM THE WEDDING VEIL OF THE MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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WHEN A GIRL'S SLIP IS SHOWING THERE IS THE SAYING THAT THE GIRL IS
ADVERTISING FOR A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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DRESS

FRATS - UPPITY, WORE MADRAS PLAIDS AND STRAIGHT HAIR. EXPLAINED PLAI
AS BEING VERY LARGE
GREASERS - RATTED HAIR AND WORE LEATHER JACKETS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: CA00001964

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COSTUMES IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

GOING TO THE MARKET IN LAGOS IS MUCH LIKE GOING TO THE
EASTERN MARKET. A FOREIGNER CAN BE RECOGNIZED BY MANY MEANS, BUT
NOTHING GIVES HER AWAY MORE THAN HER DRESS CODE.
NIGERIAN WOMEN DO NOT WEAR PANTS MORE THAN TWICE A YEAR. THEY WEAR
WRAPS OF VARIOUS COLORS, DESIGNS AND SIZES. THESE PIECES OF
MATERIAL ARE WRAPPED ABOUT THE WAIST, SOME LONGER THAN OTHERS AND
SOMETIMES AS MANY AS THREE. SOMETIMES THE MATERIAL IS TAKEN TO A
DRESS MAKER TO BE SEWN INTO A SIMPLE JUMPER. THE FINER THE
MATERIAL, THE RICHER THE PERSON. THE BLOUSES THEY WEAR WITH
THESE ARE OF EYELIT MATERIAL

Where learned: NIGERIA ; LAGOS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 10-00-1979

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WOMEN SUPERSTITION

IF A LADY IS ALWAYS SMILING IT MEANS HER GIRDLE IS ON TOO TIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: 7800
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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AVOID WEARING RED CLOTHES, IT IS THE COLOR THAT ATTRACTS DESIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX, LUST

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Color

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DRESSING AT FUNERALS AND THEREAFTER

WHEN A GREEK MAN DIES, HIS WIDOW WILL WEAR BLACK FOR
THE REST OF HER LIFE, MOURNING HER DECEASED HUSBAND.

Submitter comment: THIS STYLE OF DRESS APPLIES TO SENIOR CITIZENS OF GREEK
DESCENT. YOUNGER WIDOWS PRACTICE THIS, BUT ONLY FOR A
MAXIMUM OF TWO YEARS. THE OLDER PEOPLE ARE DETERMINED
TO WEAR BLACK FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIVES, AND THEY THINK
THAT IF A WIDOW DOES NOT DO THIS, THEN THEY FEEL THAT
SHE IS DISGRACING HER DECEASED HUSBAND.
THIS IS A GREEK-AMERICAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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INSIDE OUT

IF YOU PUT SOMETHING ON INSIDE OUT DON'T CHANGE IT OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY SAID THIS ON SUCH AN OCCASION.

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; CONVERSION ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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WHEN YOU SEE A CHIMNEY SWEEP, QUICKLY PULL OFF A BUTTON FROM YOUR
CLOTHING TO PREVENT BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS AMUSING BUT IMPRACTICAL.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS ; OCCUPATIONS: CHIMNEY SWEEPING

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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GOOD LUCK

OLD SCOTTISH WOMEN WOULD APPROACH A U.S. NAVY SAILOR WHO WAS WEARING
THE "CRACKER JACK" UNIFORM, WHICH IS THE UNIFORM WITH THE BELL-BOTTOM
TROUSERS, AND RUB THE STARS ON THE BACK FLAP OF THE UNIFORM SHIRT
FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS TOOK PLACE IN 1976 IN HOLY LOCH SCOTLAND.

Submitter comment: THE GOOD LUCK FEELING ATTACHED TO THIS PRACTICE SEEMS TO HAVE COME
FROM WORLD WAR TWO WHEN THE AMERICANS ENTERED THE WAR TO HELP THE
BRITISH ISLES IN FIGHTING GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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WEDDING DRESS OMEN

A GIRL SHOULD NEVER WEAR A WEDDING DRESS BEFORE HER TIME OR SHE WILL
REMAIN A WIDOW.

Submitter comment:

A BELIEF FROM SABINAS, MEXICO. PROBABLY COMMON IN MANY COUNTRIES. IN
FORMANT EXPRESSED LITTLE BELIEF IN IT HERSELF.
BY WIDOW THE INFORMANT MEANS SPINSTER MAIDEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; DRESS ; LUCK ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION ; WEDDING

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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DRESS CUSTOM

(IN COLLECTOR'S OWN WORDS) PEOPLE OF MEXICO MAKE A PLEDGE TO THEIR PA
TRON SAINT AND THEN DRESS AS THE SAINT WOULD FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH.
PATRON

Submitter comment: DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MEXICO ; SABINAS HIDALGO ; NUEVO LEON

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Prayer

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UKRAINIAN TRADITIONAL DRESS

THE BASIC COSTUME INCLUDED A BLOUSE WITH FANCY COLORFUL
EMBROIDERY, A COLORED SKIRT, A VEST, BEADS, BOOTS, AND A
COLORFUL HEADPIECE. THE COLOR OF EACH PART, THE MATERIAL,
AND THE DESIGN VARIED WITH EACH SECTION OF UKRAINE. BROWNS
AND ORANGES WERE COMMON TO THE HUTSULS WHILE OTHERS USED
FLOWERY PATTERNS AND REDS. THE BLOUSE, USUALLY EMBROIDERED
ON THE FRONT AND THE LONG SLEEVES, SOMETIMES HAD A VEST.
RED BEADS WERE A COMMON ORNAMENT AND USUALLY OF MANY STRANDS.
THE SKIRT, OFTEN OF A HEAVY MATERIAL, SOMETIMES COVERED AN
UNDERSKIRT OF OFF WHITE WITH AN EDGING. THE BOOTS WERE RED
OR BLACK. THE HEADPIECE, A WREATH PLACED ON THE HEAD,
WAS ADORNED WITH COLORFUL ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS AND LONG
COLORFUL RIBBONS HANGING FROM THE BACK.

Submitter comment: MANY UKRAINIAN GIRLS STILL HAVE THEIR OWN NATIVE COSTUME.
THEY ARE WORN FOR FORMAL PERFORMANCES OF NATIVE DANCES.
VARIOUS MODIFICATIONS ARE USED FOR CHOIRS AND CONCERTS.
MEN AND WOMEN WEAR EMBROIDERED SHIRTS AND BLOUSES WITH
BLACK PANTS AND LONG BLACK SKIRTS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 00001950S

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MILITARY HAZING PRACTICES AND RITES OF PASSAGE

NEW CREWMEMBERS ABOARD SHIP ARE GIVEN NONSENSE DUTIES TO CARRY
OUT. SOME OF THESE ARE LOOKING FOR A CAN OF BULKHEAD REMOVER
WHICH HAS THE HAPLESS CREWMEMBER LOOKING FOR A NON-EXISTANT
"WALLREMOVER." ANOTHER IS FINDING A BUCKET OF CROSSHAIRS
WHICH THE GUNNERSMATE NEEDS FOR SIGHTING THE BIG GUNS.
THE FAVORITE IS THE "SUBMARINE" WATCH. IN THIS ONE THE CREW-
MEMBER IS GIVEN A PAIR OF BINOCULARS AND STATIONED SOMEWHERE
HE CAN EASILY BE SEEN. HE IS THEN INSTRUCTED TO REMAIN ON POST
UNTIL HE IS RELIEVED. AFTER A FEW HOURS OF GUFFAWS SOMEONE WILL
USUALLY GO "RELIEVE" HIM.

"SALTINESS" IS ACHIEVED AFTER A NAVYMAN HAS REPORTED TO
HIS FIRST SHIP HE IS ENTITLED TO ROLL THE BRIM OF HIS WHITEHAT,
HAVE HIS PANTS "BELLED" OR "PEGGED," AND TURN BACK THE CUFFS OF HIS
DRESSBLUE JUMPER. ANOTHER FAVORITE IS A TATTOO OR PIERCED EAR.

"CROSSING THE EQUATOR": ON THE EAST COAST INITIATES GO THROUGH
A "SHELLBACK" INITIATION. THERE ARE SEVERAL TESTS SUCH AS A
CRAWL THROUGH SLIME, THE SHELLBACK GAUNTLET, KISSING THE ROYAL
BABY, THE HORIZON SWEEP, AND DECK RUN. ALL SUCCESSFUL INITIATES
RECEIVE A SHELLBACK ID CARD, WALL PLAQUE TO SEND HOME TO MOTHER.
THE WEST COAST VERSION IS THE SAME EXCEPT THAT YOU BECOME A
MEMBER OF THE "ORDER OF THE GOLDEN DRAGONS." YOU RECEIVE THE
ID CARD, PLAQUE, AND TWO PATCHES WITH GOLD DRAGONS ON THEM TO WEAR
ON THE INSIDE OF THE CUFF OF YOUR DRESSBLUE JUMPER. THIS IS TO
IDENTIFY YOU AS A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING. THERE ARE DISCOUNTS
AT CERTAIN BARS ON DRINKS AND OTHER "RELAXATIVES" FOR MEMBERS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; GREAT LAKES

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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WHEN YOU GOT A NEW ARTICLE OF CLOTHING, YOU DIDN'T DARE WEAR IT
OUT ANYWHERE UNTIL YOU WORE IT TO CHURCH, SO THAT THEY WERE
BLESSED OR SOMEHOW INFLUENCED BY BEING IN THE CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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