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DANCES IN 1910

IF A FIGHT STARTED OUTSIDE THE MAIN DOOR OF THE DANCE
HALL, FIRST THE MOTHERS WOULD FAINT AND I WOULD PICK
THEM UP AND SET THEM ON THE BENCH (SOME WERE PRETTY
HEAVY), AND I WOULD MISS THE FUN. IT PAYED OFF,
THOUGH, SINCE IT'S BETTER TO KEEP ON THE GOOD SIDE
OF THE MOMMA. THAT MEANT A REAL MEAL SUNDAY NIGHT.

Where learned: MIDDLE STATE ILLINOIS ; BY LETTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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OAK

AS THE TWIG IS BENT, SO IS THE OAK INCLINED.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO CHILD RAISING, THE TWIG BEING THE CHILD, THE OAK, THE
ADULT.

Where learned: SENT BY LETTER

Keyword(s): PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; ENVIRONMENT ; EXAMPLE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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PROVERB

DON'T PROMISE PEARS ON A WEEPING WILLOW TREE. (TRANSLATION)
GRUSZKI NA UREIZBIE OBIECYWAI. (POLISH)

Where learned: COLLECTED BY LETTER

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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WATER

DON'T THROW OUT THE DIRTY WATER UNTIL YOU GET SOME CLEAN.

Submitter comment: SAID PRIMARILY IN REFERENCE TO DISH WATER AND SAVING IN TIME OF
POVERTY. SHE SAYS IT ALSO APPLIES TO RADICALS AND HIPPIES TODAY.

Where learned: GIVEN BY LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FRUGALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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GOOD LIFE SAYING

HE WHO THINKS 'GOOD', LIVES GOOD.

Where learned: SENT BY LETTER

Keyword(s): THOUGHT AND CONDUCT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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DIVINATION--CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER, A CANDLE IS LIT. IF THE SMOKE GOES UP, ALL
THOSE SEATED AT THE TABLE WILL BE BACK THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IF THE
SMOKE GOES TOWARD A DOOR, ONE OF THE GUESTS WILL DIE BEFORE THE
NEXT CHRISTMAS EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED BY LETTER

Keyword(s): DEATH ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F652 F652.44

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

PUTTING HAY UNDERNEATH THE TABLE CLOTH AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER,
IN MEMORY OF THE CHRIST CHILD LAYING IN THE HAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED BY LETTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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TO A GREEDY PERSON, EVERYTHING IS TASTEY.
LAKNA CEMY WSZYSTKO SMACZNE. (POLISH)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED BY LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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Pennies - Dollars

Save your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

 

Where learned: SENT BY LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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