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IF AN OLD MAN LIVES THROUGH MARCH, HE WILL BE WELL.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

James Callow Keyword(s): POLISH TEXT ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLISH PROVERB

AN ACHING FINGER AND A HEADACHE ARE TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR
MISSING SCHOOL.
PALUSZEK I GLOWKA TO SZKOLNA WYMOWKA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (POLISH)

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSENTEEISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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POLISH BELIEF

GDY CHTLOP TRAWE KOSI, LADA BABA DESZCZ UPROSI.
GDY CHTLOP TRAWE KOSI, LADA BABA DESCZ REPROSI.
WHEN A MAN CUTS HIS GRASS, THE WOMAN BEGS FOR RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME (IN POLISH) ; SEXISM ; TRANSLATION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN SETTING THE TABLE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER, AN EXTRA PLATE IS
ALWAYS PUT OUT FOR THE "UNINVITED GUEST." THIS IS DONE BECAUSE OF THE
BELIEF THAT CHRIST MIGHT COME TO THE HOME IN THE FORM OF A NEEDY
INDIVIDUAL SEEKING FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARITY ; POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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JERRY FORD JOKE

Q: WHICH MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY DOES JERRY FORD TALK TO BEFORE CASTING
HIS VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?
A: ALL FIVE OF THEM. JERRY HOLDS THE LEVER AND WHEN HE SAYS "NOW:"
THEY JERK THE VOTING MACHINE UP AND DOWN.

Submitter comment: PRESIDENT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; NUMBERS ; POLISH JOKE? ; PRESIDENT GERALD FORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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POLISH CUSTOM

WHEN A GYPSY PEDDLER CAME TO A POLISH HOUSEHOLD, THE LADY OF THE
HOUSE WOULD TUCK A CORNER OF HER APRON INTO THE WAISTBAND ABOVE THE
DIAGONALLY OPPOSITE CORNER SO THAT THE GYPSY WOULD NOT CHEAT HER
ON ANY SALES.
MY GRANDMOTHER LEARNED THIS WHILE SHE WAS GIRL IN WARSAW IN
THE EARLY 1900'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; WARSAW ; COLLECTED IN DETROIT

Keyword(s): GYPSY POLISH SALES

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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POLISH BEER DRINKING SONG

PIJE KUBA DO JAKUBA
PIJE KUBA DO JAUBA, JAKBA DO MICHALA
PIJE JA PIJE TY, PIJE KOMPANIJA CALA,
A KTO NIE WIPIJE, TEGO WE DWA KIJE,
KUPU CUPU, CUPU TUPU, NIECH PO POLSHUU ZIJE.

IT MEANS:
JOHN DRINKS TO JAKE, JAKE DRINKS TO MIKE
I DRINK, YOU DRINK, THE WHOLE COMPANY DRINKS
WHO DOESN'T DRINK SHALL GET SLAPPED
LET HIM LIVE LIKE A GOOD POLOCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): POLISH DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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A POLISH PROVERB

HE MADE OUT LIKE MR. ZABTOCKI ON HIS SOAP.
IVYSZEAT JAK ZABTOCKI NA MYDLE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED WHEN ONE TAKES UP A PROJECT HE KNOWS LITTLE ABOUT AND
IT FALLS THROUGH. MR. ZABTOCKI HAD GONE INTO THE SOAP BUSINESS BUT KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT IT ,HE LOST OUT.
MY MOTHER KNOWS THIS PROVERB AND STORY FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): PERSONAL NAME ; POLISH PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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A CURE

IN POLAND, IN THE COUNTRY IT'S PRACTICED TO PUT CLAY ON BUMPS
ON THE HEAD, TO MAKE THE SWELLING GO DOWN.

Submitter comment: ANNA STANISZKIS LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE SPENT
VACATIONS IN THE COUNTRY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): POLISH BELIEFS ; REDUCTION OF SWELLING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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A CURE

SHE SAYS THEY (FOLK) PUT CLAY ON BURNS
IN ORDER TO HELP THEM HEAL MORE QUICKLY.

Submitter comment: ANNA STANISZKIS LEARNED THIS WHILE SHE SPENT VACATIONS IN THE
COUNTRY IN POLAND.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BURNS, TREATMENT OF ; POLISH BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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REMEDY FOR BURNS

AN OLD POLISH REMEDY FOR BURNS.
IS TO PUT COOKED CABBAGE LEAVES ON THE AFFECTED AREA.

Data entry tech comment: OTHER SIMILAR CARDS IN ARCHIVES

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CABBAGE LEAVES ; FOOD ; POLISH BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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POPROUINI

POPROUINI IS A TYPE OF FOOD THAT THE POLACKS HAVE THE DAY
AFTER THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT POPROUINI CONSISTED OF, HOWEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): POLISH ; POPROVINI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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KEEPING THE WOLVES AWAY

DURING CHRISTMAS THE LITTLE POLISH CHILDREN PUT PEAS ON THE WINDOWSILLS IN THE BELIEF THAT IT WOULD STOP THE WOLVES FROM EATING THEIR ANIMALS AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Ethnic: Polish

A POLISH, CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER CALLS FOR EACH SERVING TO BE
SERVED SEPARATELY. THE NEXT SERVING IS NOT BROUGHT ON UNTIL THE
PREVIOUS ONE HAS BEEN CONSUMED BY ALL THAT WANT IT. GENERALLY,
THE SERVINGS ARE OF VEGETABLES. THERE IS NO MEAT EATEN. NOTHING
IS DRANK DURING THE MEAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 02-23-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; CHRISTMAS ; Course ; CUSTOM ; Dinner ; DRINK ; ETHNIC ; Feast ; FOOD ; holiday ; meat ; POLISH ; Serve ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL

ON CHRISTMAS EVE OF EVERY YEAR, THE RYGIEL FAMILY HAS DINNER
TOGETHER. ALL MY RELATIVES INCLUDING MY AUNTS, UNCLES, COUSINS AND
OF COURSE MY GRANDMOTHER SHARE THE TRADITIONAL MENU. IT IS CALLED
WIGELIA

Submitter comment: ANTOINETTE, THE GRANDMOTHER IS LISTED HERE AS THE INFORMANT SINCE
UNTIL LATE SHE WAS THE HOSTESS.

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ONE EMPTY CHAIR IS PLACED AT THE TABLE DURING CHRISTMAS
SUPPER FOR ANY POOR BEGGAR OR SUCH WHO MIGHT WANDER
IN. SUCH A PERSON IS ALWAYS INVITED IN AND FED.

Submitter comment:

Polish [custom]

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHAT WAS THE POPE'S FIRST MAJOR CHANGE TO THE VATICAN?
HE HAD THE SISTINE CHAPEL WALLPAPERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERIOR DECORATING ; TASTE OF THE FIRST POLISH POPE, JOHN PAUL II

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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WEATHER PROVERB.

JAK NA GROMNICZNEJ MROZ,
TO LADUJ CHLOPIE WOZ.

Submitter comment: POLISH.
IF ON CANDLEMAS DAY THERE'S FROST,
MAN, START FIXING UP YOUR WAGON.

Data entry tech comment: COMMA IN SECOND LINE ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POLISH ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

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OPLATEK

OPLATEK (ALSO CALLED 'ANGEL BREAD') IS A RECTANGULAR WAFER
MADE FROM THE SAME INGREDIENTS THAT HOSTS ARE. EACH FAMILY MEMBER
OR GUEST THAT IS SHARING THE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER RECEIVES A WAFER.
AFTER BREAKING OFF A PIECE OF THEIR OWN OPLATEKS, THE INDIVIDUALS
SHARING THE MEAL PASS THEIR OPLATEKS TO THE PERSON SEATED NEXT TO
THEM. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL EACH PERSON HAS SHARED HIS WAFER OF
OPLATEK WITH EVERY OTHER PERSON PRESENT AT THE DINNER TABLE.

Submitter comment: SHARING OPLATEK IS A SIGN OF MUTUAL LOVE, FORGIVENESS, AND BEST
WISHES.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POLISH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Oplatki
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Oplatki
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki

Date learned: CA00001890S ; 01-13-1980

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PASTERKA

FAMILY MEMBERS GO TO CHURCH AT MIDNIGHT FOR THE CHRISTMAS MASS
CALLED PASTERKA. UPON RETURNING HOME, THE FAMILY EATS A BREAKFAST
OF HAM WITH HORSERADISH ON PUMPERNICKLE BREAD.

Submitter comment: PASTERKA MEANS THE SHERPHERDS' MASS.
THE BREAKFAST MENU IS OFTEN REVISED TO INCLUDE BACON AND EGGS OR
OTHER FOODS THE FAMILY ENJOYS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POLISH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: CA00001890S ; 01-13-1980

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