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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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PRACTICAL JOKE

THE DORMS AT AMHERST COLLEGE HAVE INDIVIDUAL POWER BOXES; A
FAVORITE PRANK IS TO SHUT OFF A PERSON'S POWER AT NIGHT, THEREBY
STOPPING HIS ALARM CLOCK AND MAKING HIM LATE FOR CLASS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Accessories: Fireplace, stove, oven, lighting, etc.

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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IF A STRANGE BLACK CAT COMES THROUGH YOUR HOUSE, A MEMBER
OF THE FAMILY WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: THIS APPLIED TO COUNTRY HOUSES WHICH HAD NO SCREEN DOORS,

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Accessories: Fireplace, stove, oven, lighting, etc.
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 04-02-1969

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