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CUSTOM

IN MY FAMILY AT EASTER TIME WE ALWAYS HARD-BOIL EGGS AND DIP THEM
IN A FOOD COLORING AND THEN DECORATE THEM OR MAKE THEM UP AS DOLLS.
WE DECORATED THEM BY WRITING A NAME ON THE EGG WITH WAX BEFORE
BOILING, OR WE DREW ON THEM. THE DOLLS WERE MADE BY USING THE
COLORED EGG AS THE BODY AND BUILDING OUT FROM THERE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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JACK ROCKS

THE CHILD WOULD SPREAD OUT SMALL ROCKS OR STONES. HE WOULD THEN
PICK UP AS MANY STONES AS HE COULD BEFORE THE BALL BOUNCED A
SECOND TIME.

Submitter comment: STONES WERE USED INSTEAD OF METAL JACKS BECAUSE THE FAMILY
WAS TOO POOR AND COULD NOT AFFORD TO BUY METAL JACKS.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00-00-1926

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THERE IS A WOMAN WHO LIVES ON ALLEN RD. IN DEARBORN WHO LOST HER
YOUNG DAUGHTER ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. AS THE STORY GOES, EVERY NIGHT AT
DUSK, SHE PLACES A DOLL IN THE WINDOW WHICH CAN BE SEEN FROM THE
ROAD. THE DOLL IS DRESSED IN APPROPRIATE FASHION IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE WEATHER. IT WAS QUITE SCARY TO DRIVE BY THIS HOUSE ON A
DARK DREARY NIGHT WITH A GUY IN THE CAR WHO WAS A DISBELIEVER.

Submitter comment: THIS SCARY STORY WAS TOLD BY JOHN TO ME IN SOPHOMORE YEAR IN HIGH
SCHOOL. I REALLY DIDNT BELIEVE HIM, YET HE KEPT BUILDING THE STORY
UP. FINALLY AFTER CONSUMING MANY BEERS WE DROVE BY THE HOUSE AND I
WAS PROVED WRONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARE THE WEEPING LADY OF BELLE ISLE, WHO ALSO ; LAMENTS THE LOSS OF HER CHILD.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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HOME MADE CHILDREN'S TOY

THE GERMAN JUMPER IS A TOY OFTEN USED ON THE HILLS OF PENNSYLVANIA.
IT IS A WINTER TOY TYPE SLED.
MRS. KEHOE'S FATHER MADE HER A GERMAN JUMPER WHEN SHE WAS TEN
YEARS OLD.
TO MAKE A GERMAN JUMPER, TAKE A FLAT PIECE OF ONE BY EIGHT
INCH WOOD THREE FEET LONG.
NAIL AN EIGHTEEN-INCH PIECE OF TWO BY FOUR WOOD TO IT IN THE VERY
CENTER TO FORM A " T ".
THEN TAKE A PIECE OF FOUR INCH WIDE METAL, ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH
THICK
AND NAIL IT TO THE TWO BY FOUR AT THE ONLY OPEN END.
THEN NAIL THE OTHER PIECE OF THE METAL TO THE END OF THE ONE
BY EIGHT PIECE OF WOOD.
THE METAL SKI WILL BE FLEXIBLE, MAKING HALF OF A CIRCLE ON ONE
SIDE OF THE " T ".
YOU NOW HAVE A HOME MADE GERMAN JUMPER. A LITTLE SANDING
AND PAINTING WILL MAKE THE TOY MORE ATTRACTIVE AND PRESERVE IT
AGAINST THE ELEMENTS.

Submitter comment: THE CHILD SITS ON THE END OF THE ONE BY EIGHT WITH THE METAL SKI
NAILED TO IT.
THE CHILD STEERS DOWN THE SNOW HILL WITH HIS LEGS ON EACH SIDE
OF THE JUMPER.
HE HOLDS ON TO THE OPEN END OF THE ONE BY EIGHT FOR STABILITY.
IT MIGHT BE WISE TO NAIL A SMALL HANDLE TO THE OPEN END BUT IT IS
NOT NEEDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Sled, cart, wagon propelled by human or beast on land

Date learned: 12-03-1982

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ON HALLOWEEN, THE BOYS WOULD MAKE A TOY
OUT OF A RING OF HEAVY THREAD PUT THROUGH A
BUTTON. HOLDING BOTH ENDS BY BOTH INDEX FINGERS,
THEY WOULD SPIN IT SO THAT IT WOULD TWIST THE
BUTTON IN THE CENTER. BY PULLING THE INDEX
FINGERS BACK AND FORTH SIDEWAYS, IT WOULD MAKE
THE BUTTON SPIN VERY FAST. THEN THEY WOULD
SNEAK UP ON THE FRONT PORCH OF THE HOUSE
TO THE LIVINGROOM WINDOW AND IF THEY
GOT IT SPINNING AND TOUCHED THE WINDOW IT WOULD MAKE
A BUZZING SOUND AND SCARE ANYONE WHO WAS SITTING
NEAR THE WINDOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PAPER DOLLS AND DOLL HOUSE

WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG, MY AUNT AND MOTHER USE TO PLAY
PAPER DOLLS. THEY WOULD LOOK THROUGH CATALOGUES AND CUT
OUT THE PICTURES OF PEOPLE AND FURNISHINGS. THEN THEY WOULD
TAKE A SHOE BOX AND MAKE A HOUSE OUT OF IT, BY TAKING
PICTURES OF RUGS, DRAPES AND WALLPAPER AND PASTING THEM
INSIDE OF THE BOX, WITH A PASTE MADE OF FLOUR AND WATER.
AND USING PENNEY MATCH BOXES THEY MADE BEDS AND COUCHES
AND THAT IS HOW THEY MADE A HOUSE TO PLAY DOLLS WITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00001947CA

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TOYS FOR LITTLE KIDS

EARRINGS: TAKE A ROASTED PEANUT IN THE SHELL, AND BARELY OPEN ONE
END, JUST ENOUGH TO PUT IT ON A GIRL'S EAR FOR AN EARRING.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00001950S

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TOYS

TO MAKE A CHEAP GLUE THAT WILL NOT HURT ANYTHING THAT IT HAPPENS
TO BE USED ON, MIX FLOUR AND WATER TO THE PROPER CONSISTANCY. ADD
WATER SO IT WON'T HARDEN.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00001950S

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TOY

LIMBER JACK: IS A WOODEN DOLL WITH A STICK IN ITS BACK AND LIMBER
PEGGED JOINTS TO ALLOW IT TO MOVE FREELY. THE STICK IS HELD BY
THE PERSON, WHILE HE SITS ON A FLEXIBLE BOARD. THE DOLL'S FEET
REST ON THE BOARD SO THAT WHEN THE PERSON TAPS ON THE BOARD THE DOLL
JUMPS WITH RHYTHM. THIS IS DONE TO MUSIC SO THAT THE DOLL APPEARS
TO BE DANCING.

Submitter comment: I SAW LIMBER JACKS BEING MADE AT THE SECOND ANNUAL FOLK CRAFTS
FESTIVAL ON JUNE 17, 1972 IN NASHVILLE, BY:
MR. & MRS. EVERETT BROCK, JR.
COLLINS RIVER WOOD CRAFT
(PRICE $4)

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING ERRORS WERE CORRECTED

Where learned: PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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TOY

SPOOL TOY: MATERIAL NEEDED ARE A LARGE WOODEN SPOOL, A MATCH STICK
OR SOMETHING OF SIMILAR SIZE, AND RUBBER BAND OR OTHER PIECE OF
RUBBER, AND A STICK THE SIZE OF A PENCIL. PUT THE RUBBER BAND
THROUGH THE SPOOL FASTENING IT ON ONE END WITH THE SMALL STICK,
AND ON THE OTHER WITH THE PENCIL. WIND IT UP TIGHT, PLACE IT ON TH
FLOOR, AND IT WILL MOVE FORWARD.

Where learned: PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 06-16-1972

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TOY

TWIRLING BUTTON: DOUBLE A FOUR-FEET STRING WITH A LARGE BUTTON
WITH EYES TIED IN IT. PUT THE END LOOP OF THE STING AROUND A FINGER
ON EACH HAND AND TWIRL THE BUTTON AND STRING AROUND MANY TIMES.
NOW THE BUTTON AND STRING SHOULD TWIRL BY THEMSELVES IF YOU PULL
YOUR HANDS LIKE A YOYO WHICH USES ONE HAND.

Submitter comment: THIS TOY WAS ALSO MADE FOR DEBBIE CHILDRESS IN BELFAST, TENN.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00001950S

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TOY

WHIPPY-DOODLE: IS A TOY MADE OF THREE STICKS. THE THIRD STICK IS
RUBBED AGAINST GROOVES ON THE MAIN STICK HELD IN A PERSON'S HAND.
THE STICK WILL TWILL AND CAUSE A NOISE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE IS A DRAWING ON THE CARD, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO REPRODUCE IT ON THE SCREEN.

Where learned: PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 06-16-1972

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The Making of a Whistle

Get a small twig. Split it. Hollow out a section of both halves. Place a blade of grass between the two halves and tie them together. Then blow real hard.

Whistle making time would come at the moment when whistle wood was "just right."

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

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