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"SHINEYMAN"

THE SHINEYMAN WAS A JUNKMAN, NO, CAN'T SAY THAT CAUSE THEY'RE NOT THE SAME. HE WAS MORE OF A CELEBRITY. HE ALWAYS WORE A FUNNY OLD HAT. HE HAD LARGE TRINKETS AND USED BROOMS HANGING FROM HIS WAGON. HE ALWAYS TOOTED A FUNNY HORN. I THOUGHT HE WAS A KIDNAPPER BECAUSE HE WAS UGLY, DIRTY, AND SMELLY. HE WAS A REGULAR AND HAD HIS OWN ROUTE. EVERYDAY HE WOULD COME UP AND DOWN GRANDMA'S ALLEY AND PICK UP OLD CARPETS, AND OTHER USED OBJECTS WHICH PEOPLE HAD DISCARDED I DON'T KNOW HOW HE GOT HIS TITLE BUT WE JUST CALLED HIM THE SHINEYMAN, AND NEVER ASKED WHY.
APPARENTLY, EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ITS OWN SHINEYMAN.

Submitter comment: PRONOUNCED "SHEE-NEE"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MOTHERS GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Keyword(s): GARBAGE ; TRASH

James Callow Keyword(s): SHEENY MAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00001940S

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Urban Legend

Nashville Reservoir

The reservoir used to be a place for many people to sight-see. They could climb to the top of the wall and look in at our city's water supply. A locked gate was placed there becasue so many people were using the water supply to unload unwanted cats, dogs, babies, and trash.

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Keyword(s): Babies ; Cats ; Dogs ; Litter ; Nashville ; Reservoir ; TRASH ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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FAMILY SUPERSTITION

IT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED BY REASON OF SUPERSTITION TO BRING
GARBAGE OUT AFTER 6:00 P.M.

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MAYBE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH CITY ORDINANCES
ABOUT BURNING AFTER 6:00 P.M. IT MAY THEN HAVE DEVELOPED
INTO A SUPERSTITION.

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Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): Evening ; Public Service ; Rubbish ; TIME ; TRASH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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