RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for F534 returned 113 results.

prev | items
| next

CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS A
BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS PRACTICE IS DONE IN
MANY STORES

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): BUSINESS MONEY GOOD LUCK

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

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

View just this record

LEGEND

IN THE FIJI ISLANDS THE WOMEN OF THE HOUSEHOLDS CATCH FISH
IN THEIR MOUTHS DURING THE PLENTIFUL SEASON. BEFORE THEY GO OUT TO
THE WATER, THEY GREASE THEIR FACES UP SO THEY
WON'T DISTRACT THE FISH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISHING

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

Date learned: 03-09-1972

View just this record

ITALIAN CUSTOM

WHEN ITALIANS GRAFT A TREE, THEY CUT THE LIMBS OFF AT AN ANGLE AND
THEN PUT THE TWIG IN THEIR MOUTH TO INSURE THAT IT WILL TAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GRAFTING TREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 03-30-1968

View just this record

THE COMPANY STORE

THE INSTITUTION KNOWN AS THE COMPANY STORE, IMMORTALIZED IN THE
SONG "SIXTEEN TONS" STILL EXISTS.
WHILE THOUGHT TO BE SOMETHING OUT OF THE PAST, OWING ITS FAME TO THE
SONG, WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE COPPER COUNTRY OF ARIZONA, I CAME
UPON ONE OPERATED BY PHELPS_DODGE CORPORATION. UPON TALKING TO SOME
OF THE EMPLOYEES, I FOUND THAT THE BASIC CONCEPT IS STILL THE SAME
AS THE NOTORIOUS STORES OF THE EASTERN MOUNTAIN "COAL TOWNS" _ THE
EMPLOYEE CAN BUY FROM THE COMPANY AND HAVE HIS BILL (WHICH, FROM
PRICING THE ITEMS, WOULD BE A BIT HIGH) PAID BY DEDUCTIONS FROM HIS
PAYCHECK (WITH INTEREST}), OF COURSE, TODAY THE MINER IS NOT
COMPELED TO BUY THERE.

Where learned: Arizona ; DOUGLAS-BISBEE

Keyword(s): COPPER COAL TOWNS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 06-00-1968

View just this record

CUSTOM

THIS IS A SCOTCH HARVEST CUSTOM KNOWN AS THE "OLD WOMAN." THE
FIRST FARMER WHO COMPLETES HIS HARVESTING MAKES AN "OLD WOMAN" OUT
OF THE LOOSE CORN CUT. THIS FIGURE IS PASSED TO EACH FARMER. THE
LAST FARMER TO COMPLETE HIS HARVESTING MUST KEEP THE FIGURE TILL
THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THE FIGURE IS CARRIED ON A CART BY THE FARMERS.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): EFFIGY

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

Date learned: DATE NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

View just this record

CUSTOM

ON THE LAKES, CAPTAINS OF THEIR SHIPS SALUTE EACH OTHER WITH TWO
LONG BLASTS AND ONE SHORT ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND MARAIS

Keyword(s): SALUTE SHIPS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

View just this record

CUSTOM

MERCHANT SHIPS HONOR "MAN OF WAR" SHIPS BY DIPPING THEIR FLAGS AT
HALF MASK AND THEN RAISING IT. THE WAR SHIP ANSWERS BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND MARAIS

Keyword(s): MAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

View just this record

AMERICAN CUSTOM

WHEN DEEP SEA FISHING PARTIES ARE SUCCESSFUL THEY RETURN TO THE
FISHING PORT WITH A RED FLAG ATTACHED TO THE BOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND MARAIS

Keyword(s): COLOR RED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

View just this record

CUSTOM

MARY WAS A BASE NURSE IN OKINOWA FOR EIGHT YEARS AND SHE SAID IT
WAS THE CUSTOM FOR THE LADIES TO ALWAYS CARRY A HEAD PAN ON
HER HEAD WHILE SHE WENT ABOUT HER DUTIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Okinawa

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

View just this record

WASHING CLOTHES

AROUND WINONA, MISSISSIPPI IN THE FORTIES, ACCORDING TO THE
INFORMANT, IN ORDER TO WASH CLOTHES ONE HAD TO "FETCH" WATER TO A
HUGE KETTLE UNDER WHICH A FIRE BURNED. AFTER THE CLOTHES BOILED A
WHILE, THEY WERE TAKEN OUT AND DRAPED OVER BUSHES AND TREES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1969

View just this record

MARKET DAY IN KERRY

AT THE MARKET IN KERRY, WHEN TWO FARMERS EXCHANGE BUSINESS
THEY BARGAIN A LOT. THE FARMER WHO IS BUYING THE CATTLE TENDS
TO FIND ALL KINDS OF FAULTS WITH THE CATTLE. THE GAME IS TO FIND
WEAKNESSES IN THE OTHER MAN'S CRAFT IN RAISING CATTLE.
THE MORE "BITING" THE FARMER IS THE BETTER CATTLE_MAN HE IS.
WHEN ALL THE INSULTS ARE OVER AND THE OWNER OF THE CATTLE KNOWS
THAT "HIS MAN" IS INTERESTED,
HE GETS REALLY TOUGH AS REGARDS PRICES.
HE NEVER LOOKS AT THE BUYER IN THE FACE, BUT AWAY FROM HIM AND
SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THAT HE IMAGINES HE SEES.
THE LESS HE LOOKS AT THE BUYER, THE MORE ANXIOUS HE IS TO SELL, AND
THE BUYER KNOWS THIS. BARGAINING CAN GO ON FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
WHEN THE DEAL IS CLOSED AND THE MONEY IS PAID, THE SELLER ALWAYS
GIVES BACK A LITTLE PER CENT OF THE PRICE FOR GOOD LUCK AND
FRIENDSHIP. THEN BOTH MEN GO INTO A PUB FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND
A MAN_TO_MAN CHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK, FRIENDSHIP BUSINESS ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1970

View just this record

SUPERSTITION (MOST NATIONALITIES)

FARMERS WOULD NEVER PLANT THEIR CROPS EXCEPT WHEN THERE WAS A
NEW MOON.

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): PLANTING, MOON

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

Date learned: 09-25-1968

View just this record

CUSTOMS

CIGARS: IF YOU ARE EITHER NEWLY PROMOTED OR A NEW FATHER, YOU
DISTRIBUTE CIGARS TO ALL OFFICERS.

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION, NEW FATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number

View just this record

WETTING DOWN YOUR COMMISSION

WHENEVER YOU ARE PROMOTED, YOU ARE OBLIGED TO HOLD A
"WETTING_DOWN PARTY".

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-19-1965

View just this record

MARINE SHOWER

AFTER A SHOWER, DRY YOURSELF WITH THE WASHCLOTH FIRST BEFORE THE
TOWEL. THIS KEEPS YOUR TOWEL DRIER LONGER. THIS WAS PROBABLY
STARTED WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO MOVE SO OFTEN THEY WOULDN'T HAVE
TO PACK A WET TOWEL.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: DATE NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

View just this record

GOOD WEATHER MEANS MONEY

DOWN IN FLORIDA, THE SUN SHINES EVERY DAY__ AND IF ON ANY DAY IT
DOES NOT SHINE, THE NEWSPAPER COMPANIES DISTRIBUTE COPIES FREE
OF CHARGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; SAINT MARYS RECTORY

Keyword(s): MONEY WEATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-17-1968

View just this record

SALESMAN'S TRADITION

METHODS OF DETERMINING A "MOOCK"
1) ALL HOUSE TRIM AND MAILBOX PAINTED ONE COLOR, USUALLY BRIGHT
2) NEW CAR OR CARS IN THE DRIVEWAY
3) UNKEMPT LAWN
4) "PECKER TRACKS"( SIGNS OF KIDS)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 00-00-1968

View just this record

FRENCH CUSTOM: BUSINESS

THE FLEA MARKET IS A FRENCH CUSTOM. IT IS A PLACE ON THE
OUTSKIRTS OF PARIS WHERE SECOND HAND JUNK IS SOLD.
SOMETIMES THE ITEMS SOLD ARE VALUABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

View just this record

FISHING FLEETS

IN VALENCIA, SPAIN, WHEN THE SHIPS ARE GOING OUT TO SEA ON THEIR
FISHING VOYAGES, THERE IS A TOWN CEREMONY WHERE THE PRIESTS OF THE
TOWN BLESS THE FLEETS JUST BEFORE DEPARTURE. THIS IS ALSO THE
TIME THAT THE WIVES AND SWEETHEARTS SEE THEIR MEN OFF, PERHAPS
FOR THE LAST TIME.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISHING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

View just this record

prev | items
| next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.