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SINGING CHAIRS

HEATMAN CABIN IS AN OLD RELIC OF A LOG CABIN LOCATED NEAR
HARRISON, MICHIGAN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE OLD LUMBERMAN WHO
USED TO LIVE THERE JUST COULDN'T MAKE A LIVING WORTH MUCH BY
CUTTING TREES. SO HE USED HIS EXPERIENCE WITH LOGS TO MAKE
ROCKING CHAIRS. BUT THESE WEREN'T JUST ORDINARY ROCKING CHAIRS;
THEY WERE SINGING ROCKING CHAIRS.
THIS LEGEND IS STILL TOLD TODAY ABOUT THE OLD HEATMAN CABIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation Milling
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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CRANBERRY SCOOP

CRANBERRY SCOOP PICTURES SEE SQ692406-3 TO SQ692406-7

Submitter comment: THE CRANBERRY SCOOP WAS USED IN THE HARVESTING OF CRANBERRIES. THE
ONE PICTURED COMES FROM KINGSTON MASSACHUSETTS. AND IS ABOUT 35 YEARS
OLD. IT BELONGED TO MY GREAT UNCLE. THEY STOPPED USING THE SCOOP
FOR HARVESTING THE ENTIRE CRANBERRY BOG IN THE EARLY TO MIDDLE 1950S
WHEN A MECHANIZED PICKER WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE BUSINESS. IT WAS
STILL USED TO HARVEST ALONG THE SIDES OF THE BOG FOR THE
MECHANICAL PICKER COULDN'T HARVEST THERE.
THE OLD SCOOPS THAT ARE NO LONGER BEING USED IN THE BOG HAVE BEEN
USED IN THE HOME FOR NEWSPAPER RACKS AND MAGAZINE RACKS. IN SOME
CASES THE SCREEN WAS REMOVED AND A PIECE OF CREWEL WORK WAS PUT IN
ITS PLACE TO MAKE THE SCOOP MORE ATTRACTIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Massachusetts ; MADISON HEIGHTS ; KINGSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

Subject headings: Favorites
Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation Fishing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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A SUPERSTITION IN OUR FAMILY WHILE PLAYING CARDS IS THAT IF YOU SIT
WITH YOUR PARTNER THE SAME DIRECTION THE BATHTUB SITS, THEN YOU
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.6

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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FOLKART-CONVERSION OF ARTICLES TO NEW USES.

MILK CAN CONVERTED TO A PATIO ORNAMENTATION.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS LOOKING FOR VARIOUS ARTIFACTS THAT WOULD COMPLETE
HER DECOR OF HER HOME IN EARLY AMERICAN. SHE WANTED TO CARRY THIS
THEME THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE AND INTO THE SURROUNDING AREA.
FUNCTIOMAL SHIFT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Accessories: Fireplace, stove, oven, lighting, etc.

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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FOLKART-CONVERSION OF ARTICLES TO NEW USES.

MAGAZINE HOLDER THAT WAS CONVERTED FROM A FLOWER BASKET.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A WIDE BOTTOM BASKET THAT WAS USED BY A FLORIST TO ARRANGE
FLOWERS IN.
FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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FOLKART-CONVERSION OF ARTICLES TO NEW USES.

CANDLEHOLDER MADE FROM BABYFOOD JARS.

Submitter comment: TO MAKE THIS ITEM, YOU TAKE THREE BABY FOOD JARS AND GLUE THEM
TOGETHER, KEEP THE LIDS ON. WHEN GLUE IS SETTLED (ABOUT ONE NIGHT)
TAKE A COVER FROM ANOTHER JAR, ABOUT 2-3 INCHES WIDE AND PLACE ON
TOP OF THE JARS. THEN TAKE VARNISH AND WOOD PAINT AND APPLY
TO THE JARS AND LID. LET THAT SETTLE OVERNIGHT THEN DECORATE THE
INSIDE OF THE LID WITH TINY PLASTIC FLOWERS AND PLACE CANDLE IN THE
MIDDLE.
FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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THE INDIANS WEAVED THEIR BASKETS. THEY WENT OUT INTO
THE SWAMP AND CUT DOWN THESE, THEY WERE LIKE WIDE
BLADES OF GRASS, CALLED "SWEET GRASS." AND THEY BROUGHT
THEM HOME AND THEY HAD THESE HUGE WOODEN MALLETS AND
THEY TOOK THESE BLADES OF GRASS AND PUT THEM ON LARGE
WOODEN STUMPS AND POUNDED THEM UNTIL THEY WERE PAPER-
THIN. SOMETIMES IT TOOK HOURS AND HOURS. THEN THESE
BLADES WERE DYED DIFFERENT COLORS AND THEN WOVEN INTO
BASKETS, WHICH THEY SOLD TO THE TOURISTS WHO CAME UP
EVERY SUMMER. THEY ALSO SOLD THEM TO THE BIG STORES
IN TOWN ON CONSIGNMENT. THESE BASKETS SOLD FOR BIG
PRICES, BEING AUTHENTIC INDIAN AND HAND-MADE. THEY
DON'T DO THIS KIND OF THING IN THE UPPER PENINSULA
(MICHIGAN) ANY MORE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Weaving material For costuming in dance or drama, see C484.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 05-22-1965

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EACH MALE BORN IN THE FAMILY BUILDS A THRONE-TYPE CHAIR WHEN
HE REACHES THE AGE OF MATURITY (USUALLY 12 OR 13). HE THEN TAKES
THIS CHAIR WITH HIM IN HIS TRAVELS UNTIL HE IS WED. UPON WEDDING,
HE KEEPS THE CHAIR IN A POSITION OF GOOD SIGHT IN THE LIVING
ROOM OF HIS FAMILY DOMICILE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS STARTED LONG AGO WHEN HIS ANCESTORS LOST THEIR THRONE
OF THE TURKISH EMPIRE. SINCE THAT TIME THE TRADITION HAS LIVED
IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TULSA ; OKLAHOMA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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Yard brooms

People would gather branches, tree limbs and straw, tie them
together to make a yard broom.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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NEGRO SUPERSTITION: SHOES ON A BED KEEP THE EVIL
SPIRITS AWAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- P524

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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MOTHER HAS A CHAIR THAT'S SUPPOSED TO HAVE WALKED. IT'S JUST
AN OLD STRAIGHT-BACK CHAIR OF UNUSUAL DESIGN. IT'S SOMETHING
WE'RE ALWAYS TOLD. I DON'T BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMATED FURNITURE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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SINGING CHAIRS

HEATMAN CABIN IS AN OLD RELIC OF A LOG CABIN LOCATED NEAR
HARRISON, MICHIGAN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE OLD LUMBERMAN WHO
USED TO LIVE THERE JUST COULDN'T MAKE A LIVING WORTH MUCH BY
CUTTING TREES. SO HE USED HIS EXPERIENCE WITH LOGS TO MAKE
ROCKING CHAIRS. BUT THESE WEREN'T JUST ORDINARY ROCKING CHAIRS;
THEY WERE SINGING ROCKING CHAIRS.
THIS LEGEND IS STILL TOLD TODAY ABOUT THE OLD HEATMAN CABIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation Milling
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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SINGING CHAIRS

HEATMAN CABIN IS AN OLD RELIC OF A LOG CABIN LOCATED NEAR
HARRISON, MICHIGAN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE OLD LUMBERMAN WHO
USED TO LIVE THERE JUST COULDN'T MAKE A LIVING WORTH MUCH BY
CUTTING TREES. SO HE USED HIS EXPERIENCE WITH LOGS TO MAKE
ROCKING CHAIRS. BUT THESE WEREN'T JUST ORDINARY ROCKING CHAIRS;
THEY WERE SINGING ROCKING CHAIRS.
THIS LEGEND IS STILL TOLD TODAY ABOUT THE OLD HEATMAN CABIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation Milling
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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Instructions

Making Lye Soap:

Put ashes in a tub and mix lye in water. Pour lye mixture over ashes and let drip through bottom of tub. The drippings will turn to lye soap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Original BN [P700] crossed out

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ashes ; Craft ; Domestic ; INSTRUCTIONS ; Lye ; Product ; Production ; RECIPE ; Soap ; Tool

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

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Method of Cleaning Silverware

Clean aluminum pan. Dissolve in it:

1 teaspoon baking sode

1 teaspoon table salt

Immerse silverware until tarnish is removed. Then rinse in clean, warm water and rub dry with clean soft cloth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Baking Soda ; Cleaning ; Domestic ; Household ; Ingredients ; METAL ; RECIPE ; Salt ; Silver ; Silverware ; Table Salt

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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