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CUSTOMS BEFORE MARRIAGE

THE PRE-MARTIAL CUSTOMS HAVE ADVANCED TO THE POINT WHERE THE
GUY GIVES THE GIRL A LAVALLIER, THEN A FRATERNITY PIN, THEN A
CHIPPED DIAMOND TO BE WORN AROUND THE NECK, AND FINALLY AN
ENGAGEMENT RING.

Submitter comment: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GOING STEADY, GETTING ENGAGED AND GETTING
MARRIED?

Data entry tech comment: LAVALIERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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GOING STEADY

WHEN A GUY AND A GIRL ARE GOING STEADY, EACH HAS A HALF OF A
GOLD HEART--THE TWO HALVES FIT TOGETHER PERFECTLY.

Where learned: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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COURTSHIP

IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR A YOUNG MAN IN A FRATERNITY TO GIVE HIS
FRATERNITY PIN TO THE GIRL TO WHOM HE IS GOING TO BE ENGAGED.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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COURTSHIP--FRATERNITY PINS

WHEN A MEMBER OF A FRATERNITY GIVES HIS GIRL FRIEND HIS
FRATERNITY PIN IT MEANS THAT THEY ARE ENGAGED, TO BE ENGAGED
TO BE MARRIED.

Submitter comment: LEARNED 04001964

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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COURTSHIP CUSTOM

WHEN A GUY GIVES A FRATERNITY PIN THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE
ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED WITHIN ABOUT ONE YEAR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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EDELWEISS

WHEN A COUPLE IN GERMANY BECOME ENGAGED THE BOY MUST CLIMB A
MOUNTAIN TO GET THE EDELWEISS FLOWER AND BRING IT TO HIS FIANCEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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ENGAGEMENT

IN SOUTHERN GREEK TOWNS WHERE FISHING IS A WAY OF LIFE,
WHEN A MAN WISHES TO MARRY, HE PRESENTS THE GIRL'S FATHER
WITH A FISH. THE FISH IS THE GREEK EQUILVALENT OF AN
ENGAGEMENT RING. IT IS SYMBOLIC OF HIS ABILITY TO SUPPORT HER
AND HER FAMILY, IF NECESSARY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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SLOVAK MAY DAY CUSTOM

WHEN A YOUNG MAN HAG A DIRL FRIEND, HE WOULD (DURING THE
EARLY HOURS) CHOP A TREE AND PLANT IT BY HER BEDROOM
WINDOW. THIS WAS A SIGN OF A WEDDING SOON OR AN
ENGAGEMENT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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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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