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ITALIAN REMEDY

WHEN A PERSON GETS A COUGH MOTHERS OFTEN FEEL THEY HAVE WORMS.
TAKE SEVEN OR NINE PIECES OF GARLIC AND MAKE A CHAIN AND WEAR IT
AROUND THE NECK. THIS WILL RID THE PERSON OF THE WORMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): COUGH ; NUMBERS ; WORMS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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SIGNATURE

YOURS TILL SMITH BROTHERS SHAVE.

Submitter comment: SMITH BROTHERS COUGH DROPS PICTURED TWO BEARDED MEN ON THE BOX.

James Callow comment: BEARDS WERE NOT IN FASHION AT THE TIME.

James Callow Keyword(s): BEARD ; COUGH DROP ADVERTISING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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IT'S NOT THE COUGH THAT CARRIES YOU OFF;
IT'S THE COFFIN THEY CARRY YOU OFF IN.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HER FATHER, WHENEVER SHE HAD
A BAD COLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): VIRUS

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; PUN ON COUGHING, COFFIN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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CURE FOR WHOOPING COUGH:
TWO LEVEL TABLESPOONFULS OF POWDERED ALUM, TWO-THIRD
OF A CUPFUL OF BROWN SUGAR, DISSOLVED IN TWO QUARTS
OF WATER; BOTTLE AND OUT IN A DARK CLOSET WHERE IT
IS COOL.
ONE YEAR OLD CHILD'S DOSE: ONE TEASPOON THREE TIMES A
DAY OR AN EMPTY STOMACH
TWO YEAR OLD CHILD'S DOSE: TWO TEASPOONS PER DOSE OF
ONE YEAR OLD CHILD
FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD'S DOSE: ONE TABLESPOON PER DOSE OF
ONE YEAR OLD CHILD

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Alum ; Brown Sugar ; COUGH ; Dosage ; RECIPE ; REMEDY ; Whooping Cough

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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(TALE WITH A PUN ON THE WORD COFFIN)

DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE TIME I WAS A PALLBEARER FOR
MY GIRLFRIEND'S GRANDFATHER? IT WAS IN SCRANTON LAST
WINTER. WE HAD HAD A BAD STORM THE DAY BEFORE AND ICE
WAS EVERYWHERE. OUR INSTRUCTIONS WERE THAT DUE TO THE
ICE, IF ANYONE OF US FELT WE WERE SLIPPING, WE SHOULD
LET GO OF THE COFFIN AND THE OTHER GUYS WOULD TAKE UP
THE LOAD. WELL, THIS CHURCH WAS LOCATED UP ON A HILL AND
HAD A REAL LONG SIDEWALK WITH A COUPLE OF SETS OF STEPS.
ANYWAY, WE WERE COMING OUT AND SURE ENOUGH, I DIDN'T
TAKE MORE THAN ABOUT THREE STEPS WHEN I STARTED SLIDING, SO
AS INSTRUCTED, I LET GO. WELL, I GUESS THE REST OF THE
GUYS WERE SLIPPING, TOO, BECAUSE THEY ALL LET GO AND AWAY
WENT THE COFFIN SAILING DOWN THE SIDEWALK. YOU COULDN'T
BELIEVE THE CONFUSION! ABOUT THREE WOMEN FAINTED, THEN
THE GRANDMOTHER FAINTED AND THE COFFIN WAS STILL SAILING
THEN A COUPLE MORE WOMEN FAINTED. THE COFFIN WENT ALL
THE WAY DOWN THE SIDEWALK THEN OUT INTO THE ROAD AND
THE CARS WERE SWERVING EVERYWHERE BUT THE COFFIN KEPT
ON GOING. WHEN IT HIT THE OTHER CURB THE TOP OF THE
COFFIN POPPED OPEN AND IT WAS HEADED RIGHT FOR THE DOOR
OF THE DRUGSTORE. THE COFFIN SAILED RIGHT INTO THE
STORE, RIGHT UP TO THE COUNTER, AND AS IT HIT THE COUNTER,
THE GRANDFATHER SAT UP AND SAID, "YOU GOT ANYTHING TO
STOP THIS COFFIN?"

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): COUGHING

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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(TALE WITH A PUN ON THE WORD COFFIN)

DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE TIME I WAS A PALLBEARER FOR
MY GIRLFRIEND'S GRANDFATHER? IT WAS IN SCRANTON LAST
WINTER. WE HAD HAD A BAD STORM THE DAY BEFORE AND ICE
WAS EVERYWHERE. OUR INSTRUCTIONS WERE THAT DUE TO THE
ICE, IF ANYONE OF US FELT WE WERE SLIPPING, WE SHOULD
LET GO OF THE COFFIN AND THE OTHER GUYS WOULD TAKE UP
THE LOAD. WELL, THIS CHURCH WAS LOCATED UP ON A HILL AND
HAD A REAL LONG SIDEWALK WITH A COUPLE OF SETS OF STEPS.
ANYWAY, WE WERE COMING OUT AND SURE ENOUGH, I DIDN'T
TAKE MORE THAN ABOUT THREE STEPS WHEN I STARTED SLIDING, SO
AS INSTRUCTED, I LET GO. WELL, I GUESS THE REST OF THE
GUYS WERE SLIPPING, TOO, BECAUSE THEY ALL LET GO AND AWAY
WENT THE COFFIN SAILING DOWN THE SIDEWALK. YOU COULDN'T
BELIEVE THE CONFUSION! ABOUT THREE WOMEN FAINTED, THEN
THE GRANDMOTHER FAINTED AND THE COFFIN WAS STILL SAILING
THEN A COUPLE MORE WOMEN FAINTED. THE COFFIN WENT ALL
THE WAY DOWN THE SIDEWALK THEN OUT INTO THE ROAD AND
THE CARS WERE SWERVING EVERYWHERE BUT THE COFFIN KEPT
ON GOING. WHEN IT HIT THE OTHER CURB THE TOP OF THE
COFFIN POPPED OPEN AND IT WAS HEADED RIGHT FOR THE DOOR
OF THE DRUGSTORE. THE COFFIN SAILED RIGHT INTO THE
STORE, RIGHT UP TO THE COUNTER, AND AS IT HIT THE COUNTER,
THE GRANDFATHER SAT UP AND SAID, "YOU GOT ANYTHING TO
STOP THIS COFFIN?"

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): COUGHING

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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CURE FOR COUGHING:
MIX BAKING SODA AND MOLASSES

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Baking Soda ; COUGH ; CURE ; Molasses ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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COLD CURE: FLAX SEED LEMONADE REMEDY
TO A LARGE TABLESPOON OF FLAX SEED, ALLOW A TUMBLER
AND A HALF OF COLD WATER. BOIL THEM TOGETHER 'TILL
THE LIQUID BECOMES VERY STICKY, THEN STRAIN IT HOT
OVER A QUARTER OF A POUND OF PULVERIZED SUGAR AND
AN OUNCE OF PULVERIZED GUM ARABIC. STIR 'TILL QUITE
DISSOLVED AND SQUEEZE INTO IT THE JUICE OF A LEMON.
THIS MIXTURE HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN FOUND AN EFFICACIOUS
REMEDY FOR A COLD TAKING A WINE GLASS AS OFTEN AS THE
COUGH IS TROUBLESOME.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; COUGH ; CURE ; DRINK ; FLAX ; Flax Seed ; Lemonade ; RECIPE ; REMEDY ; TEA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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COUGH CURE:
MIX ALUM AND MOLASSES; TAKE AT ONSET OF COUGH SEIZURE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COOKEVILLE

Keyword(s): Alum ; COUGH ; CURE ; Molasses ; REMEDY ; Seizure

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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COUGH SYRUP REMEDY:
SYRUP OF SQUILLS FOUR OUNCES; SYRUP OF TOLU FOUR
OUNCES; TINCTURE OF OPIUM FOUR OUNCES. MIX. DOSE
FOR AN ADULT, ONE TEASPOONFUL REPEATED EVERY TWO TO
FOUR HOURS OR AS OFTEN AS NECESSARY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): COUGH ; Dose ; Opium ; REMEDY ; Squills ; Syrup ; Tobu

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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WHOOPING COUGH CURE:
PAROXYSMS ARE RELIEVED BY BREATHING FUMES OF TURPENTINE
AND CARBOLIC ACID.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Breathing ; Carbolic Acid ; COUGH ; CURE ; Paroxysms ; REMEDY ; Turpentine ; Whooping Cough

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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