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CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS
A BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I HAVE SEEN THIS PRACTICE DONE IN MANY STORES, AND BY OWNERS WHOM
I PERSONALLY KNOW.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; POUGHKEEPSIE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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CUCKOO CLOCKS

IN THE BLACK FOREST OF GERMANY, IT IS A VERY LARGE TRADE TO MAKE
CUCKOO CLOCKS. THE PEOPLE FROM THE PLATT AREA EXPLAIN THIS BY
SAYING THAT WHEN GERMANY BEGAN TO BE POPULATED ALL THE PEOPLE WHO
COULD NOT READ OR WRITE AND WERE OF LOW INTELLIGENCE WERE HERDED
INTO THE BLACK FOREST TO SPEND THEIR LIVES. THEY TOOK WITH THEM
ONLY WHAT THEY NORMALLY CARRIED. FOR MOST OF THE MEN, THIS MEANT
KNIVES. BECAUSE THE WOODS WERE SO DENSE AND DARK, THE ONLY THING
THE PEOPLE COULD DO WAS CARVE AND WHITTLE WOOD TO THIN OUT THE
FOREST AND MAKE IT LIGHTER. AS THIS HAPPENED, THE PEOPLE BECAME
MORE TECHNICAL AND THEIR PASTIME OF WHITTLING TURNED INTO THE
ART OF CLOCK-MAKING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A SIGNAL USED AT WORK IS THE CRACKING OF THE WRISTS IN OPPOSITE
DIRECTIONS WITH AN IMAGINARY STICK. THIS IS USED TO INDICATE THERE
IS SOME TYPE OF BREAKDOWN SOMEWHERE ON THE STEEL MILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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A SIGNAL USED AT WORK IS THE RUBBING OF THE STOMACH WITH THE HAND.
THAT SIGNIFIES THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING ALL RIGHT ON THE STEEL MILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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CLENCHED FISTS WITH THUMBS EXTENDED MOVING FROM THE CENTER OF THE
BODY OUTWARD, MEANS TO REMOVE THE CHECKS FROM THE WHEELS OF THE
AIRCRAFT. IT ITSELF IS USED BT TAXI SIGNALERS AND PLANE HANDLERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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A SIGNAL USED AT WORK IS ROTATING THE INDEX FINGER IN A CIRCLE
POINTED UPWARD. THIS IS USED TO START UP THE MILLS AND TO BEGIN
ROLLING STEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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CUSTOM

IT IS THE CUSTOM OF THE AMISH TO GROW ALL THEIR OWN FOOD AND NEVER
TO SHOP AT A MODERN GROCERY STORE. THEY ALSO DO NOT USE ANY
MODERN APPLIANCES SUCH AS ELECTRICITY OR MODERN PLUMBING. THEY
DON'T USE CARS OR ELECTRIC LAMPS. THEY GET AROUND IN A HORSE AND
BUGGY AND THEY USE GAS LAMPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

IT IS AN AMISH CUSTOM FOR THE BOYS TO START HELPING IN THE FIELDS
AT THE AGE OF SIX, SO THAT BY THE TIME THEY ARE TEN, THEY CAN PLOW
A FIELD AS WELL AS ANY MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM OF THE AMISH PEOPLE TO PAINT THEIR HOUSES WHITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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TELEPHONE PRANK

CALLER: DO YOU HAVE SIR WALTER RALEUGH IN A CAN?
ANSWERER: (WHO CAN WORK IN A STORE) YES.
CALLER: WELL THEN LET HIM OUT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS DONE THIS WITH FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SLANG: "CAN" FOR TOILET."

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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POLITICIANS NEVER USE THE PHRASE "IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU" WHEN BEING
INTRODUCED TO SOMEONE . THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE POLITICIAN
HAS MET THE INDIVIDUAL BEFORE AND THIS PERSON, POSSIBLY A VOTING
CONSTITUENT OR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTOR, MAY BE DISAPPOINTED THAT THE
PREVIOUS MEETING HAS SINCE BEEN FORGOTTEN. POLITICIANS INSTEAD
GREET INDIVIDUALS WITH THE WORDS "IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU" AND THUS SIDE
STEP THE PROBLEM ALTOGETHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CIRCUMVENTION ; OBSERVATION ; TACT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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WHEN YOU MILK A COW, ALWAYS APPROACH HER FROM HER RIGHT SIDE.
SHES USED TO THAT AND WONT BREAK YOUR FOOL SKULL FOR SCARING HER.
GIVE HER PLENTY TO EAT WHILE YOU MILK HER OR SHELL GET MAD.
SQUEEZE FROM THE TOP OF THE TEAT DOWN OR YOULL HURT HER.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: CA00001967

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HOME SHOW

EVERY SUMMER, IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, A DAY IS SET ASIDE FOR A
HOME SHOW. THE LOCAL MERCHANTS DISPLAY THEIR WARES ON TABLES ON
THE SIDEWALKS OUTSIDE OF THE STORES. PRICES ARE GREATLY REDUCED.
THEY DISPLAY HOUSEHOLD MERCHANDISE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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POLISH CUSTOM

IF A MAN OWNS A FARM OR FACTORY HE MUST AT HARVEST TIME OR AT THE
END OF THE FISCAL YEAR PUT ON A PARTY FOR THE WORKERS. THIS LASTS
ANYWHERE FROM THREE DAYS TO A WEEK. THIS IS STILL PRACTICED TODAY
AND IS CALLED " DOZINKE ".

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER UNCLE WHO ATTENDED ONE OF THESE PARTIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOZINKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 04-10-1967

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CUSTOM

SALUTE THE COLORS WHEN BOARDING A SHIP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: DATE NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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BELIEF

HER GRANDMOTHER WOULD PLANT A RELIGIOUS STATUE IN THE GROUND OF (SIC)
WHICH SHE WAS PLANNING TO PURCHASE SO THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD
GO THROUGH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): MAGICAL USE OF STATUE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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THRASHING TIME

FARMERS WOULD JOIN IN A GROUP WHERE ONE OWNED A THRASHING MACHINE.
THEY WOULD GO FROM FARMER TO FARMER TO THRASH HIS GRAIN.
THIS WOULD TAKE TWO TO THREE WEEKS.
AT WHATEVER FARMER'S HOME THEY WERE WORKING AT MEAL TIME THEY WERE
FED. ON BENCHES OUTDOORS WERE PLACED BASINS, CLEAN TOWELS, SOAP
AND PAILS OF CLEAN WATER. THE MEN CAME IN FROM THE FIELD, WASHED
AND CAME IN TO EAT. THE TABLE WAS SET FOR ABOUT TWELVE AND WAS
LOADED WITH FOOD. THE TABLE WAS CLEARED AND SET AGAIN. THERE WERE
ABOUT 21 TO 25 MEN TO FEED.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): THRASHING FARMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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SEWING

MRS. RANKIN WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER THAT IT IS A SIN TO SEW ON SUNDAY.
SHE, IN TURN, HAS PASSED IT DOWN TO HER CHILDREN AND HER CHILDREN
HAVE PASSED IT DOWN TO THEIRS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): SABBATARIANISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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FRENCH CUSTOM

OUTDOOR MARKETS ARE A FRENCH CUSTOM. OUT DOOR MARKETS ARE SET
UP THREE TIMES A WEEK. THEY ARE SET UP ON CERTAIN STREETS.
ALL THINGS ARE SOLD. THEY CAN BE FOUND IN ALL SECTIONS OF PARIS.
INDIVIDUAL SELLERS SELL IN THE OUTDOOR MARKETS.

Submitter comment: SEEN IN PARIS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; PARIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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