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CUSTOM OF BRIDE

WHEN A COUPLE GETS MARRIED THE BRIDE WEARS OR CARRIES SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

THE BRIDE IS SUPPOSED TO WEAR SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING
NEW, SOMETHING OLD & SOMETHING BLUE

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AS A KID. THIS BELIEF JUST WENT AROUND IN A JEWISH HO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WEDDING CUSTOM

I REMEMBER WHEN MY SISTER AND I WENT TO MY AUNT'S WEDDING. SHE
SAID SHE HAD ON SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED
AND SOMETHING BLUE. MY AUNT SAID THAT WITHOUT THOSE THINGS SHE WOULD
NOT HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGH HER MARRIAGE AND SHE WOULD BE STARTING
OUT ON THE WRONG FOOT.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

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PROVERB IN VERSE

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, AND A PENNY IN YOUR
SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR ; MONEY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.400
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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FOR A WEDDING: SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED AND SOMETHING BLUE.
THIS WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EVERY BRIDE ON HER WEDDING DAY WEARS SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING
BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A BRIDE IS SUPPOSED TO WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING
NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE ON HER
WEDDING DAY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM A FRIEND IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 11-18-1967

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SOMETHING BORROWED,
SOMETHING BLUE,
SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW..

Submitter comment: CUSTOM WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO GET A MARRIAGE OFF TO A
GOOD START.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A BRIDE SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE BRIDE SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED AND SOMETHING BLUE AND A
FOURLEAF CLOVER IN HER SHOE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD BY HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED AND
SOMETHING BLUE. THIS IS AN OLD CUSTOM MEANING THAT
A BRIDE DURING HER WEDDING SHOULD HAVE ONE OF EACH
OF THESE ON HER PERSON. SOMETHING OLD FROM AN ALREADY
HAPPILY MARRIED WOMAN, SOMEHING NEW REPRESENTING A NEW
LIFE FOR HER AND HER HUSBAND, SOMETHING BORROWED WAS
USUALLY GOLD AND REPRESENTED THE SUN, AND SOMETHING
BLUE REPRESENTS THE SKY OR HEAVEN.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 10-03-1968

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ON HER WEDDING DAY THE BRIDE IS SUPPOSED TO WEAR:
SOMETHING OLD
SOMETHING NEW
SOMETHING BORROWED
AND SOMETHING BLUE.
AND IT WILL BRING HER GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER OF COLLECTOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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FOR GOOD LUCK IT IS THE PRACTICE OF MANY BRIDES TO
WEAR: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A BRIDE SHOULD WEAR AT HER WEDDING SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING
BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED,
SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 10-04-1968

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED AND SOMETHING BLUE.
HAPPY THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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EVERY NEW BRIDE SHOULD BY CUSTOM HAVE SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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EVERY BRIDE MUST HAVE ON SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING
NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE WHEN
SHE GOES UP TO THE ALTAR.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS LONG AGO BUT DON'T KNOW WHO FROM.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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SOMETHING OLD (FOR TRADITION)
SOMETHING NEW (FOR BEING MODERN)
SOMETHING BORROWED (FOR FRIENDS)
SOMETHING BLUE (FOR LUCK).

Submitter comment: DITTY RECITED BY INFORMANT, THEN EXPLAINED AS
WRITTEN HERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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