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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

THE HIGHER THE MOUNTAIN
THE COOLER THE BREEZE
THE YOUNGER THE COUPLE
THE TIGHTER THEY SQUEEZE

Submitter comment: AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1943

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COURTSHIP ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): HUG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1943

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A BRILLIANT DEDUCTION

BUTTER IS BUTTER
CHEESE IS CHEESE,
WHAT IS A KISS
WITHOUT A SQUEEZE.

Data entry tech comment: TAKEN FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COURTSHIP ; FOOD ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): HUG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 08-06-1964

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GOLDEN GATES TO HEAVEN
GOLDEN GATES TO HELL
DARN THE BOY WHO KISSES YOU
RUNS OFF AND TELLS.

Data entry tech comment: THE LAST LINE WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE IT IT WOULD READ :"THAT ;

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COURTSHIP ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

THE SMALLER THE TREE
THE TIGHTER THE BARK
THE YOUNGER THE COUPLE
THE MORE THEY SPARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COURTSHIP ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG: SPARKING FOR KISSING AND HUGGING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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Trick

Game:

A guy will tell a girl that he is a handwriting expert and will ask her for a sample of her handwriting. He will say that all he needs is something short, like her name. This is a sneaky way for him to get her name.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON ; Ray Ridge Chevrolet

Keyword(s): ; COURTSHIP ; DATING ; GAME ; Graphology ; Handwriting ; Pick-up Line ; TRICK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship

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Ethnic: Yugoslavian

Engagement:

In Yugoslavia, parents still arrange any marriages. Thus, whenever a horn is heard blowing, everyone knows that an engagement has been decided. Often, the young people involved may be the last ones to know.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F533] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Arranged Marriages ; COURTSHIP ; DATING ; Engagement ; ETHNIC ; Horn ; MARRIAGE ; Weddings ; Yugoslavia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Custom: Holiday

IN THE CENTER OF THE TOWN, THE UNATTACHED MEN WALKED
AROUND THE PLAZA COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, WHILE THE UNMARRIED
GIRLS WALKED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. OCCASIONALLY,
THE GIRLS WILL REST ON OVERLOOKING BALCONIES, FROM
WHICH THEY WILL THROW SMALL DARTS TRAILING COLORED
STREAMERS. AFTER THE PARADE, THE MAN IS ENTITLED
TO VISIT ONLY BALCONIES DECORATED IN THE COLORS MATCHING
THE STREAMERS HE HOLDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: Magazine

Keyword(s): Balcony ; COURTSHIP ; Dart ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Flirtation ; Male ; Parade ; Ribbon ; Spain ; Spanish ; Streamer ; Streamers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE FIRST GIRL A BOY SAW, HE WOULD SPRINKLE
HER WITH WATER. HOWEVER BOYS ARE BOYS WHEREVER YOU GO AND THEY
USUALLY USED A WHOLE BUCKET OF WATER ON EVERY GIRL THEY MET. THEIR
GIRL FRIENDS THEY SPRINKLED WITH PERFUME OR COLOGNE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs Added / 02-28-2011 / TRD
Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: TAYLOR ; Michigan Consolidated Gas Company ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Boy ; Cologne ; COURTSHIP ; CUSTOM ; DYNGUS DAY ; Female ; Flirt ; Flirtation ; Girl ; holiday ; Male ; Perfume ; RITUAL ; Scent ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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COURTSHIP BELIEF

IF YOUR SLIP IS HANGING, IT MEANS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DIDN'T REMEMBER SOURCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; COURTSHIP ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; Mate ; SIGN ; Single ; SLIP ; SYMBOL ; Woman

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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Play

ORIGINS OF GAMES: "MANY ARE ROOTED IN FESTIVE PLANTING
AND HARVEST CELEBRATIONS. 'DROP THE HANDKERCHIEF'
AND 'IN AND OUT THE WINDOW' PROBABLY STARTED WITH
CHILDREN MAKING FUN OF THE DATING HABITS OF BIG
BROTHERS AND SISTERS."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN"

Keyword(s): Copy ; COURTSHIP ; Festive ; GAMES ; HARVEST ; Mimic ; PLANTING ; Play ; RITUAL

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

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