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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE,

PUT ON YOUR SPECS AND THINK OF ME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN BY THE LADY NEXT DOOR WHO WAS ABOUT
SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WROTE IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES GLASSES SLANG

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

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WHEN YOU'RE MARRIED AND LIVE BY THE SEA,
PUT ON YOUR SPECKS AND THINK OF ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECKS=SPECTACLES GLASSES.

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

Date learned: 00001961-1970

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WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE,
PUT ON YOUR SPECKS AND THINK OF ME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES GLASSES

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

Date learned: 01-04-1934

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SPECTACLES

FOUR EYES, DOUBLE CHIN,/ ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MONKEY GRIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUPLET FUNCTION NONSENSE ; GLASSES INSULT ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE,
PUT ON YOUR SPECS AND THINK OF ME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN BY THE LADY NEXT DOOR WHO WAS ABOUT
SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WROTE IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES GLASSES SLANG

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

Date learned: 12-24-1954

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HERE'S TO THE TOP - - -
BUT IF IT WASN'T FOR THE BOTTOM,
IT WOULDN'T HOLD A DROP.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): DRINKING HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): GLASS

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

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE
PUT ON YOUR SPECTACLES AND THINK OF ME.

Submitter comment: MRS. FRANK BALLARD OF WESTERVILLE, OHIO SUBMITTED
THE ABOVE, TAKEN FROM HER 90-YEAR-OLD MOTHER'S
ALBUM, TO THE BUD GUEST "SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET"
PROGRAM. I RECEIVED A CARBON COPY OF THE SCRIPT FROM
WHICH MR. GUEST READ THE ABOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GLASSES

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

Date learned: 00001890S

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UP NORTH, NEAR LAPEER, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A BESPECTACLED
PERSON COMES INTO A WARM HOUSE WALKING BACKWARDS AFTER BEING
OUT IN THE COLD FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, HIS GLASSES WILL
NOT FOG UP. NO REASON FOR THIS BELIEF IS GIVEN.

Submitter comment: I HAVE TRIED THIS SEVERAL TIMES, BUT IT HASN'T WORKED.
WHEN MY COUSIN WENT BACK UP NORTH, HE ASKED AROUND ABOUT
THIS, AND FOUND NO REASON WHY THIS SHOULD WORK. HE DID
FIND OUT THAT MOST PEOPLE UP THERE BELIEVED IT. I, BEING
NEARSIGHTED, HAVE FOUND THAT THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO
FOGGED GLASSES IS CONTACT LENSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH BRANCH

Keyword(s): GLASSES ; PREVENTIVE MEASURE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1985

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RIDDLE

WHAT KIND OF GLASS CAN'T YOU DRINK OUT OF?
-- AN EYEGLASS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): GLASSES SPECTACLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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After a funeral the best friend of the deceased is given a bowl of boiled wheat, a glass, and silverware. This little ceremony transfers the worldly goods of the deceased to the living.

Submitter comment:

Informant noted that this custom is not as popular as it used to be but it is still practiced.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Deceased ; FRIENDSHIP ; GLASS ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; RITUAL ; Silverware ; SYMBOL ; Symbolic ; SYMBOLISM ; UTENSILS ; Wheat

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Confucius Says:

He who lives in glass house dresses downstairs.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Keyword(s): CONFUCIAN PARODY ; Confucius ; GLASS ; HUMOR ; Jest, Anecdote, Pun, Joke, Irony ; JOKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Hypocrite ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; STONES ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Address?

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; Home ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Hypocrite ; Judge ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Judge ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses should undress in the basement.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DRESS ; Exposure ; GLASS ; HUMOR ; HYPOCRISY ; JOKE ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; PUN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONES ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONES ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; Hypocrite ; Judge ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this from his grandmother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Judge ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONES ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; Hypocrite ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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