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A HORSESHOE ABOVE THE DOOR BRINGS GOOD LUCK TO A
FAMILY. YOU TURN THE ENDS UP, SO AS NOT TO SPILL
THE GOOD LUCK ON THE EARTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P845
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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THROW HORSHOE OVER LEFT SHOULDER (FOR GOOD LUCK).

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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IF YOU HANG A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOOR, IT WILL BRING
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD IT FROM RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P845
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 02-04-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO FIND A HORSESHOE OR GOOD LUCK
WILL COME TO YOU IF YOU CARRY ONE.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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A HORSESHOE IS GOOD LUCK IF, AND ONLY IF, IT IS FOUND.
THIS IS BELIEVED IN MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR DOOR WITH THE ENDS UPWARD
MEANS GOOD LUCK WILL NEVER RUN OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PUTTING A HORSESHOE ABOVE A DOOR WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HORSESHOES ARE PLACED OVER THE DOOR FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MR. HANSEN BELIEVES THAT WHEN A PERSON FINDS A HORSE-
SHOE, THEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO GO HOME WITHOUT SPEAKING
TO ANYONE. THEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO NAIL THE SHOE ABOVE
THE DOOR WITH THE PRONGS UP. IF THE PRONGS ARE DOWN
THE LUCK WILL FALL OUT. MR. HANSEN OWNED A HORSE
STABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 01-24-1967

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A HORSESHOE NAILED OPEN END UP OVER A DOOR IS
SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO PASS UNDERNEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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IF YOU FIND A HORSESHOE AND THROW IT OVER YOUR
SHOULDER, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED ON THE FARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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A HORSESHOE IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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IF YOU FIND A HORSESHOE, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO HAVE A HORSESHOE HUNG OVER YOUR
THRESHOLD. IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK TO THE PLACE WHERE
THE HORSESHOE IS HUNG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS IT FROM WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK UPON A HOUSEHOLD TO HANG A HORSE-
SHOE ABOVE THE MAIN ENTRANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-05-1969

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TSSS A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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MY GRANDFATHER ALWAYS HAD A HORSESHOE HANGING OVER THE
BACK DOOR WHEN I WAS A CHILD. WHEN I ASKED HIM WHAT IT
WAS FOR, HE SAID IT WOULD BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAIL A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOOR WITH THE CORKS POINTING
DOWN AND IT WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE HOME.

Data entry tech comment: CORKS?

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 03-26-1972

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HANG A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOOR FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN THIS MANY TIMES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 03-06-1969

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WHEN WALKING ALONG A ROAD, IF YOU FIND A HORSESHOE, PICK IT
UP AND THROW IT ACROSS YOUR LEFT SHOULDER AND DON'T LOOK
BACK AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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