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PLANT BELIEF

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS AND THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT MINERAL: COPPER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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THE COMPANY STORE

THE INSTITUTION KNOWN AS THE COMPANY STORE, IMMORTALIZED IN THE
SONG "SIXTEEN TONS" STILL EXISTS.
WHILE THOUGHT TO BE SOMETHING OUT OF THE PAST, OWING ITS FAME TO THE
SONG, WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE COPPER COUNTRY OF ARIZONA, I CAME
UPON ONE OPERATED BY PHELPS_DODGE CORPORATION. UPON TALKING TO SOME
OF THE EMPLOYEES, I FOUND THAT THE BASIC CONCEPT IS STILL THE SAME
AS THE NOTORIOUS STORES OF THE EASTERN MOUNTAIN "COAL TOWNS" _ THE
EMPLOYEE CAN BUY FROM THE COMPANY AND HAVE HIS BILL (WHICH, FROM
PRICING THE ITEMS, WOULD BE A BIT HIGH) PAID BY DEDUCTIONS FROM HIS
PAYCHECK (WITH INTEREST}), OF COURSE, TODAY THE MINER IS NOT
COMPELED TO BUY THERE.

Where learned: Arizona ; DOUGLAS-BISBEE

Keyword(s): COPPER COAL TOWNS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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Language

Copper is another name for a penny

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Keyword(s): Copper ; Language ; METAL ; MONEY ; Penny ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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SPIRITS

IN ORDER FOR ONE TO KEEP SPIRITS OUT OF THE HOUSE HE OR SHE
SHOULD NAIL A PENNY OR MORE ON THE FLOOR OF THE DOORWAY OR
HE SHOULD WEAR PENNIES AROUND ONE'S ANKLE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COINS ; Copper ; GHOST ; Haunt ; MONEY ; Repel ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERALS -- IRON (NAIL) COPPER (PENNY)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MY FAMILY VISITED MY
COUSINS IN ILLINOIS ON A YEARLY BASIS.
EVERY TIME I STAYED WITH MY GRANDFATHER I ALWAYS
NOTICED THAT HE HAD A COPPER BRACLET ON.
AFTER YEARS OF QUESTIONING HIM AND GETTING NO
RESPONSE HE FINALLY TOLD ME IT WAS TO
KEEP THE ARTHRITIS DEVIL AWAY.

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MY GRANDFATHER WORKED ON A FARM ALL OF HIS LIFE
AND TO THIS DAY HE DOES NOT HAVE ARTHRITIS.

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Arthritis ; Bracelet ; Copper ; CURE ; Homeopathy ; PREVENTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001970CA

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PLANT FOOD

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS, THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERAL: COPPER ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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