RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME KNOWLEDGE [BLACKBOARD] TITAN CONNECT QUICK LINKS
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 7678 returned 20 results.

prev | items 1 - 21 | next

IF YOU WRITE A LIST OF 7 NAMES ON HALLOWEEN AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR
PILLOW, THE ONE YOU DREAM OF WILL BE YOUR HUSBAND.

Submitter comment: SHE AND HER SISTER DID THIS AS YOUNG GIRLS; IT WORKED FOR THE SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 02-10-1968

View just this record

TO MEET A CROSSED EYED WOMAN (ESPECIALLY FIRST THING IN MORNING)
IS BAD LUCK. SHE MAY CAST THE EVIL EYE ON YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-10-1968

View just this record

SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK;
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
BAD LUCK YOU'LL HAVE ALL THE DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE MOTTO OF THIS WOMAN'S SISTER, A SEAMSTRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 02-10-1968

View just this record

This was a game played by digging a little hole in a straight
line and taking a tennis ball and rolling it down the line.
Whatever hole the ball stopped in the player had to quickly
retrieve the ball and try to throw and hit the other players who
had taken off running. If you hit a player with the ball a rock or
baby was put in his hole, if you missed one was put in yours. If
you had as many babies as there were players you had to line up
against a fence and each player got to throw and hit you anyplace
on your body with the ball.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

View just this record

There was immense fear of starting high school due to the way
every class before me had been terrorized by upper classmen and
the way that you were intimidated by them through the entire
summer leading to the new school year with talk of ritual beatings
and drownings you had to face during gym classes. Most of my
classmates were on the verge of nervous breakdowns when we were
delighted to hear that because of the ritual beatings the gym
classes had become segregated by grades.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

View just this record

Playing the Dozens

A game played by Inner city youths where any number of
participants could play, but as the game progressed by
embarrassing the players with comments about their families the
players steadily decreased until only two were left and the winner
was decided by how bad the remaining players could make the crowd
laugh with comments again about the other player's family.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime

View just this record

Horse

Horse was a basketball game played by inner-city youths. It
consisted of two or more players who had to make the exact shot
the previous player had made. If he missed, the player received a
letter that eventually spelled out horse and was out of the game.
The winner was always the one player left.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

View just this record

Running Through

Running through was a game with absolutely no organization. It
consisted of a bunch of players who gathered around the football
with each player wondering who would pick it up and try and run
for the touchdown. Whoever picked it up was immediately tackled
and had to leave the ball for the next player to try and score
with it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

View just this record

Twenty One

Twenty one was a basketball game with again little or no
organization. It consisted of a group of players whose main goal
was to reach twenty-one points despite double and triple teaming
efforts on defense by the other players. Whoever reached twenty
one first was declared the winner.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

View just this record

Roughhouse

Roughhouse was a deviant version of the Twenty One game. The
same principles applied, but were a bit more brutal. This time
whenever the player retrieved the ball he was immediately attacked
by the rest of the players, who came at him throwing punches. No
rules were enforced since it was impossible to dribble the ball
and set up for a decent shot at the goal so there was seldom if
ever a winner.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

View just this record

Two people were not allowed to comb on your head at the same
time; if they did the younger of the two would die.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

It was said if you wore two hats you were going to get a double
whooping.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

James Callow Keyword(s): Punishment -- beating

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

Salt Pork put on a boil or sore would cause it to heal.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

When you're washing you clothes don't get wet or your husband
will become a drunk.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

Take the dandruff from your scalp and put it on the other
person's scalp to make the hair grow.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses No hair, baldness
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

Take a baby's wet urine diaper and rub it on your face and this
will make one have beautiful skin.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

It was believed that when an infant had a head cold, you would
mix vaseline and nutmeg together and place it in the mole {hole?}
of the infant's head, because it was soft and the head had not
closed completely. So the home remedy could work better and get
the baby well faster.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

James Callow Keyword(s): fallen fontanel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

Old folk believed that if you put a glass of water under the
head of your bed at night it would quench your thirst and you would
not have to get up at night for a glass of water.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00-00-1955

View just this record

WHEN STARTING ON A JOURNEY, IT IS UNLUCKY TO MEET A
WOMAN OR A PRIEST.

Submitter comment: THIS WOMAN'S GRANDFATHER SUPPOSEDLY STARTED FOR
TOWN AND MET BOTH A WOMAN AND A PRIEST ON THE WAY;
WHEN HE RETURNED HOME, HE DISCOVERED HIS BARN BURNT
DOWN WHILE HE WAS GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-10-1968

View just this record

TO MEET A PREACHER OR MINISTER AFTER SUNDOWN
INDICATES A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-10-1968

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.