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BELIEF

IF A MAN WALKS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WALK, IT MEANS THAT
THE GIRL HE IS WITH IS FOR SALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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EASTER CUSTOM

ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER, THE MEN WOULD TAKE A TONIC BOTTLE FILLED
WITH WATER AND SQUIRT THE WOMAN HE LIKED WITH THE WATER. WOMEN DID
THE SAME TO THE MEN ON TUESDAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM WHOSE ORIGIN IS UNKNOWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM

IF A BOY HELD A LIGHTED MATCH IN FRONT OF A GIRL AND SHE BLEW IT OUT,
THE BOY WAS ENTITLED TO A KISS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM. WHEN QUESTIONED AS TO WHETHER SHE
PRACTICED IT OR NOT, THE INFORMANT HAD NO REPLY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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ON SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH THE PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES WITH GIRLS WALK ONE
OTHER OVER FOR PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE PARTNERS.
OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET. IN THIS WAY THE BOYS AND GIRLS LOOK EACH
WAY ON ONE SIDE OF THE STREET AND THE FAMILIES WITH BOYS WALK ON THE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS DONE

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; DOVER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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ELIGIBLE GIRLS

THE AMISH PAINT THEIR DOOR BLUE IF THERE IS AN ELIGIBLE GIRL LIVING
THERE. ANY BACHELOR CAN GO AND VISIT THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM OF THE AMISH PEOPLE TO PAINT THEIR FARMHOUSE DOOR
BLUE IF THEY HAVE A MARRIAGEABLE DAUGHTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM IN LEBANON

THE OLDEST GIRL GENERALLY GETS MARRIED FIRST. IF THE OLDEST GIRL
DOES NOT GET MARRIED FIRST, PEOPLE THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING
WRONG WITH HER. THE YOUNGER SISTERS THEN MUST WAIT FOR THE OLDEST TO
GET MARRIED. THIS CUSTOM IS BEGINNING TO BE LOST AND PUT ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRONOLOGY OF MARRIAGE WITHIN FAMILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS:

WHEN IT COMES TO MARRIAGE THE GREEKS FEEL THE OLDEST GIRL SHOULD BE
MARRIED FIRST AND THE REST FOLLOW IN SUCCESSION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRONOLOGY OF MARRIAGE WITHIN FAMILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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LOVE IS BLIND

MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AND PRESENTLY TODAY THERE IS A TYPE OF CUSTOM
EXISTING IN POLAND. WHENEVER A YOUNG GIRL OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE HAS A
DOWRY OF LAND FROM HER PARENTS (1 ACRE UP), SHE WILL HAVE NO TROUBLE
MARRYING. REGARDLESS IF SHE IS HOMELY, ILL MANNERED, ETC., SHE WILL
HAVE MANY SUITORS AT HER DOOR. A BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL GIRL WILL
PROBABLY BE A SPINSTER IF SHE HAS NO DOWRY OF LAND. LOVE IS NOT THE
BASIS OF THESE MARRIAGES.

Where learned: DURING A VISIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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WEDDING CUSTOM

IN THE UKRAINE, UNWED GIRLS WEAR WREATHS, RIBBONS, OR FLOWERS IN
THEIR HAIR TO SIGNIFY AVAILABILITY, AND MARRIED GIRLS WEAR SCARFS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES.

Data entry tech comment: SCARVES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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ROSES

IF A GIRL WEARS A ROSE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HER HEAD IT MEANS SHE IS
SINGLE AND AVAILABLE. IF IT IS ON HER LEFT SIDE IT MEANS SHE IS
MARRIED.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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CUSTOM

SHE READ OR HEARD THIS SOMEWHERE THAT SOME AFRICAN NATIVE WOMEN IN A
CERTAIN TRIBE HAVE TO KISS THE KING COBRA THREE TIMES. IF THIS IS
ACCOMPLISHED THEN SHE IS ELIGIBLE FOR MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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MARCH THIRD IS GIRLS' DAY, FREE TO BE APPROACHED. MAY FIFTH IS BOYS'
DAY (FREE TO BE APPROACHED.)

Submitter comment: SIMILAR TO OUR MOTHER,S DAY AND FATHER,S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 3
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 11-27-1971

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AMISH COURTSHIP CUSTOM

AMISH FARMERS OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINT THEIR
GATES BRIGHT BLUE TO INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF AN UNMARRIED
DAUGHTER. THIS GIVES YOUNG MEN PERMISSION TO INTRODUCE
THEMSELVES TO THE GIRL'S PARENTS IN ORDER TO ASK THEIR
PERMISSION TO COURT THEIR DAUGHTER. IN ADDITION, AMISH
HOUSES ARE BUILT WITH A VERY SMALL WINDOW AT THE PEAK OF
THE HOUSE. THE WINDOW IS LEFT OPEN, TRADITIONALLY, SO
THAT THE YOUNG MAN MAY SECRETLY VISIT THE YOUNG LADY.
HOWEVER, THE WINDOW IS PURPOSELY BUILT TOO SMALL TO ALLOW
SUCH CLANDESTINE VISITATION.
MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE RECALLS SEEING SUCH HOUSES
IN PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE 1940'S.

Submitter comment: THE MOTHER'S NAME IS MARY MORSILLO GINGERICH, BORN
OCTOBER 3, 1937, FARRELL, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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DURING THE LATE 1950S, YOUNG GIRLS OFTEN WORE SADDLE
OXFORDS {SHOES} WITH BUCKLES ON THE HEELS. IF
THE BUCKLES WERE FASTENED THE GIRL WAS SHOWING THAT
SHE WAS GOING STEADY. IF THE BUCKLES WERE UNFASTENED,
THE GIRL WAS AVAILABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00001950S LATE

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IN THE LATE 1950S AND EARLY 1960S, GIRLS HAD THEIR
FRIENDS TIE A PIECE OF THREAD ON THEIR RING
FINGER. THIS THREAD WAS NEVER TO BE TAKEN OFF
UNTIL THE GIRL'S TRUE LOVE HAPPENED ALONG TO UNDO
IT, SIGNIFYING THEIR ENGAGEMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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BELIEF

IF A MAN WALKS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WALK, IT MEANS THAT
THE GIRL HE IS WITH IS FOR SALE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHIVALRY ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SIDEWALK ; SUPERSTITION ; Walk

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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