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FLIERS COMMONLY BELIEVE THAT HAVING THEIR PICTURE
TAKEN PRIOR TO A MISSION WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER UNCLE, RUSS FLOYD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH YOUR
BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: OHIO ; PARMA

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 04-15-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A COUPLE TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE
TAKEN TOGETHER. IT WILL LEAD TO A BREAK-UP IN
THE ROMANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, IN A POLAROID PICTURE, SHE'S THE PART YOU TEAR OFF
AND THROW AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; PHOTOGRAPHIC

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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Sparta, Wisconsin has a large population
of Amish people. It is really harmful to the
Amish if someone takes their picture. They believe
their soul is being stolen.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; Sparta

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-29-1990

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COUPLES COURTING SHOULD NEVER HAVE THEIR PICTURES TAKEN
BEFORE THEY ARE MARRIED OR THEY WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 09-25-1973

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Custom: Death

Photographs of Corpse:

Informant showed collector several snapshots of his grandfather, who had passed away some 15 years previous, laid out in his coffin in the funeral home.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Coffin ; Corpse ; Dead ; Funeral ; Mourning ; Photograph ; Soul

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Ethnic: Belgium

Funeral Custom:

When a dead person is laid out, a photographer takes a picture of the corpse. The family keeps this picture.

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Where learned: BELGIUM

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; DEATH ; FAMILY ; Funeral ; Photograph ; Picture ; Soul

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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