RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for MAIL returned 36 results.

prev | items 1 - 21 | next

WHEN AN UNFAMILIAR GUEST ENTERS YOUR HOME, YOU
MUST HAVE FRESH FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE. THIS CUSTOM
ENSURED A HAPPY VISIT FOR BOTH PARTIES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; FLOWERS ; Guest ; HOSPITALITY ; SUPERSTITION ; tradition

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

IF YOU SEE A FUNERAL PROCESSION,
YOU MUST HOLD ONTO A BUTTON BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK
NOT TO DO SO.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life
BELIEF -- Conversions Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1980

View just this record

IT IS NECESSARY TO BOIL A POTATOE ON THE FIRST
DAY OF SCHOOL TO GUARANTEE GOOD LUCK FOR THE
STUDENT FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

WHEN A FULL MOON OCCURS IN JULY, ALL THE WINDOWS
MUST BE KEPT OPEN TO FREE THE RESTLESS SPIRITS.
IF NOT THE SPIRITS WOULD REMAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF
THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER
AND CONTINUED TO PRACTICE THE BELIEF, PASSING
IT ON TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

EASTER

GREEKS DYE THEIR EASTER EGGS ONLY A DEEP BLOOD RED WHICH
SIGNIFIES THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment:

FROM FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: MAIL

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 08-00-1967

View just this record

HE CABBAGED ONTO HER BOOKS.

Data entry tech comment: HE ACTUALLY HAD A TIGHT GRIP ON HER BOOKS.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Keyword(s): METAPHOR CLUTCH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

View just this record

BEANS

HE DOESN'T KNOW BEANS WHEN THE BAG IS OPEN.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IGNORANCE ; METAPHOR VEGETABLE RECOGNITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

View just this record

HE PUT ON THE SCREWS.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

View just this record

HE WAS BEAT UP WITH A BRUSH.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

View just this record

NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM (EUROPEAN)

IN ORDER TO ENSURE ONESELF FOR A GOOD YEAR, IT IS COMMON CUSTOM
IN EUROPE FOR THE HEAD OF A FAMILY TO APPOINT AN OUTSIDER (CLOSE
FRIEND) TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO PUT HIS FOOT IN THE HOUSE. IF
SOMEONE UN-APPOINTED CAME INTO THE HOUSE, THE NEW YEAR WOULD NOT
BE A GOOD ONE.

Where learned: MAILED FROM ENGLAND

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 03-25-1968

View just this record

DARK HORSE.

.... GETTING READY TO PUSH A DARK HORSE IN THE NEXT CAMPAIGN.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

View just this record

HAUNTED HOUSE.

I WAS HOME WITH THE BABY. THE BABY WAS ASLEEP AND I HEARD THIS
CHILD RUNNING AND IT SOUNDED LIKE THE CHILD BUMPED INTO THE WALL.
SO WHEN I CHECKED ON THE BABY HE WAS STILL ASLEEP.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): GHOST- CHILD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

View just this record

HAUNTED HOUSE.

IT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO DURING THE 1960'S. AT ONE TIME I HEARD SOMEON
WALKING IN MY HALLWAY AND IT CONTINUED PASS MY LIVING ROOM WHERE
A FRIEND AND I WERE SITTING. WE SEARCHED THE HOUSE AND COULDN'T FIND
ANYONE. AT ANOTHER TIMES I HAVE HEARD MOVING SOUNDS AND I KNEW
NO-ONE ELSE WAS HOME BUT ME.

Data entry tech comment: THE WORD " PASS " I FEEL IS PAST. " AT ANOTHER TIMES " I FEEL MEANS
AT OTHER TIMES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): NOISY GHOST.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

View just this record

IF A CLOSE RELATIVE DIES, FRENCH-AMERICANS MOURN
FOR A WHOLE YEAR AND DURING THIS MOURNING, THERE IS
A COMPLETE ABSTENTION FROM SOCIAL LIFE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-00-1967

View just this record

TO DETERMINE SEX OF BABY IN GREEK-AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS, SALT
IS SPRINKLED ON THE HEAD OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS. IF MOTHER
RAISES HANDS TO HEAD THE CHILD WILL BE A GIRL. IF HANDS
GO TO LOWER PART OF BODY, THE BABY WILL BE A BOY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 08-00-1967

View just this record

A GREEK-AMERICAN BABY WHEN BORN HAS A PIECE OF GOLD PLACED
ON IT, BECAUSE ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF BIRTH, THE
FAIRIES COME TO DECIDE THE BABY'S FATE. IF THERE IS
GOLD, THEN ALL WILL GO WELL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 08-00-1967

View just this record

THE BEST MAN AND MAID OF HONOR AT A GREEK WEDDING WILL
ALWAYS BE THE GODPARENTS OF THE FIRST BORN CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THROUGH CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 08-00-1967

View just this record

WHEN SPRING CLEANING THE RUGS AND PAINTINGS MUST BE METICULOUSLY
CLEANED FOR GOOD LUCK IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SPAIN, SWALLOWING ONE GRAPE ON EACH
OF THE TWELVE STROKES OF MIDNIGHT WILL BRING GOOD LUCK,
FAILING TO SWALLOW A GRAPE OR DROPPING ONE WILL BE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED ITEM FROM FATHER WHO FREQUENTLY TRAVELS
TO EUROPE.

Where learned: CANADA ; MONTREAL ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

IF A PERSON IS ILL IN A HOUSE, ONE CAN DETERMINE
DEATH IS NEAR IF A CAT WILL NOT REMAIN IN THE HOUSE.
IT IS BELIEVED CATS COULD SMELL DEATH NEARBY.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

prev | items 1 - 21 | next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.