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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

ONE OF THE THINGS THE WOMEN ALWAYS DID WAS TO DYE THEIR
HAIR GREEN WITH FOOD COLORING.

Submitter comment: IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S DAY THE UNMARRIED WOMEN DIED THEIR HAIR.
NOW IT IS DONE MORE IN THE HIGHSCHOOLS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; GREEN HAIR COLORING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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THE UKRAINIAN ART OF DECORATING EGGS

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MATERIALS NEEDED TO DECORATE THE EGGS.:
RAW SMOOTH EGG, AT ROOM-TEMPERATURE. WIPE EGG OFF WITH VINEGAR TO
REMOVE OILS FROM THE SHELL. STYLUS-A CONE SHAPED WITH A HANDLE
USED TO DRAW DESIGNS BY FILLING IT WITH BEESWAX AND LETTING THE
WAX FLOW OUT THE TINY OPENING IN THE TIP, WHILE DRAWING THE
DESIGN ON THE EGG. CAKE OF UNBLEACHED BEESWAX.
COLOR DIES: ONCE OBTAINED FROM NATURE, E.G. YELLOW FROM BARK OF
WILD APPLE, RED FROM DEER HORN, GREEN FROM BERRIES OF WILD ELDER,
AND BLACK FROM YOUNG LEAVES OF BLACK MAPLE, BUT NOW MADE FROM
CHEMICAL DYES. DYE MUST BE COOLED BEFORE DYEING THE EGGS.
CANDLE IN CANDLE HOLDER-- FLAME USED TO HEAT TIP OF STYLUS.
CLEANSING TISSUES AND STAINLESS STEEL SPOONS OR WIRE DIPPERS FOR
DIPPING EGGS.
1. HEAT TIP OF STYLUS OVER CANDLE FLAME. DRAW SOME BEESWAX INTO
IT BY TOUCHING THE HOT STYLUS TIP TO THE BEESWAX CAKE. HEAT
AGAIN AND DRAW THE DESIGNS YOU WANT TO TURN OUT WHITE IN THE END.
WHATEVER COLOR IS UNDER THE WAX WILL REMAIN THAT COLOR, UNTIL
THE WAX IS REMOVED AT THE END.
2. IMMERSE EGG IN LIGHTEST COLOR DYE, LET STAY UNTIL THE DESIRED
SHADE IS REACHED. TAKE OUT THE EGG CAREFULLY AND PAT DRY IN A
TISSUE. (DON'T RUB, YOU MAY SMEAR THE COLOR.) 3. HEAT STYLUS TIP
AGAIN AND CONTINUE DRAWING ADDITIONAL DESIGNS, AFTER YOU FILLED IT
WITH WAX. WHATEVER IS DRAWN NOW WILL REMAIN THE LIGHTEST
COLOR DYE. 4. IMMERSE EGG IN NEXT DYE, AND LET DRY AND COUNTINUE
PROCESS OF MAKING DESIGNS. DYEING IS ALWAYS FOLLOWED IN ORDER
OF LIGHTEST DESIRED COLOR TO THE DARKEST. 5. AFTER LAST DESIRED DYE
IS USED, LET THE EGG DRY THROUGHLY FOR AT LEAST TWO MINUTES.
THEN REMOVE THE BEESWAX. -TO REMOVE THE BEESWAX DIP A TISSUE
IN PAINT THINNER OR LIGHTER FLUID, SLOWLY AND GENTLY WIPE THE
WAX OFF THE EGG. -TO PRESERVE THE COLORS APPLY CLEAR VARNISH,
NOT SHELLAC, TO THE WHOLE EGG AND SET ON WAX PAPER TO DRY. THE
INSIDE OF THE EGG DRIES IN SEVERAL YEARS. IF HANDLED CAREFULLY
THE PYSANKA SHOULD LAST FOREVER.

Submitter comment: HANDS MUST BE WASHED OFTEN DURING EGG DECORATING FOR SKIN
OILS CAN AFFECT DYEING.
THIS ART FORM HAS BEEN PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. THE INFORMANT HAS LEARNED IT FROM
HER GRANDMOTHER, AND HAS PASSED IT ON TO HER CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

I HAVE CONVERTED AN OLD PRINTER'S TYPE CASE INTO A KITCHEN
WALL DECORATION.

Submitter comment: THE COMPARTMENTS WERE FILLED WITH BEANS, GRAIN AND OTHER KITCHEN
OR FOOD ORIENTED ITEMS. GLASS WAS THEN USED TO SEAL THE ITEMS
IN AND TO ALLOW THEM TO BE VIEWED. THE CASE ALSO HOUSES A SPICE
RACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

I HAVE CONVERTED AN OLD GALVANIZED, COPPER-BOTTOMED OVAL WASH
TUB INTO A MAGAZINE RACK.

Submitter comment: THE TUB WAS PAINTED BLACK AND DECALED WITH A SCENE DEPICTING AN
OLD GENERAL STORE. MAGAZINES ARE STACKED INSIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

WE USE AN OLD WOOODEN CABBAGE CUTTER AS A WALL DECORATION AND
"WHAT-NOT" SHELF.

Submitter comment: THE CUTTER IS NOT MODIFIED IN ANY WAY EXCEPT FOR THE ADDITION OF
A HOOK SO THAT IT MAY BE HUNG. FIGURINES AND OTHER DISPLAY ITEMS
ARE ARRANGED IN THE BOX SHAPED PORTION WHICH SERVED TO HOLD THE
CABBAGE FOR CUTTING.
THIS ITEM IS ALSO CALLED A CABBAGE SHREDDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

MANY OLD RAILROAD DEPOTS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED FOR USE AS
RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND OFFICES.

Submitter comment: A CLOSE-BY EXAMPLE IS THE FORMER MICHIGAN CENTRAL RAILROAD IN
ANN ARBOR. IT IS NOW THE GANDY DANCER RESTAURANT.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Public Building

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

OLD RAILROAD LANTERNS ARE OFTEN COVERTED FOR USE AS TABLE LAMPS.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVE BUILDER'S PLATES ARE USED AS WALL
DECORATIONS BY RAILROAD LOVERS (RAILFANS) OR MODEL RAILROADERS.

Submitter comment: A BUILDER'S PLATE IS A CAST METAL PLATE FASTENED TO THE LOCOMOTIVE
WHICH LISTS ITS MANUFACTURER, SERIAL NUMBER AND DATE OF MANUFACTURE.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00001960'S

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AVOID WEARING RED CLOTHES, IT IS THE COLOR THAT ATTRACTS DESIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX, LUST

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Color

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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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YOU SHOULD NEVER WEAR BLACK TO A WEDDING OR THE GROOM
WILL DIE EARLY WITHIN THE MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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Balinese custom

After death of a parent the children are not to wear the color
red for one year.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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My uncle told me that Japanese people do not
put handles on their cups because they believe
that if it's too hot the cup shouldn't be picked up.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
Food Drink -- Service
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001990ca

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Seeing someone in polka dot clothing brings you money.

Submitter comment: Polka dots look like coins, so if you make that
connection, you will get money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): shape size

James Callow Keyword(s): design pattern

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001970S

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CRAFTS-COLOR AND DESIGN

MY MOTHER HAS BEEN DOING NEEDLEWORK AND VARIOUS CRAFTS, AS TAUGHT
TO HER BY HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER, ALMOST ALL HER LIFE. UNDER
THE NAME OF "HERITAGE ARTS" SHE PAINTS COATS-OF-ARMS AND
RESEARCHES FAMILY HISTORY TO AUTHENTICATE EACH COAT-OF-ARMS.
SEVERAL YEARS AGO SHE DID A COAT-OF-ARMS ON A QUILT FOR THE LANGLE
FAMILY. OTHER UNIQUE CREATIONS OF HERS ARE CREWEL EMBROIDERED
COATS-OF-ARMS ON VELVET, MADE INTO A PILLOW OR TO COVER A KNEELING
BENCH. SHE ALSO RESEARCHES, DESIGNS, AND TRANSFERS PATTERNS TO BE
DONE IN CROSS-TICH.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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MASH UP RED BERRIES FOR LIPSTICK AND PUT ON LIPS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; Berries ; Lipstick ; Makeup

James Callow Keyword(s): ADORNMENT BEAUTIFICATION ; COSMETICS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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