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In this handwritten letter from Helen J. Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated April 29th, 1954, Moser responds to Shoemaker's radio broadcast by answering dialect riddles and providing a new one of her own.
Helen J. Moser
Alfred L. Shoemaker
April 29th, 1954
Bally Box 91
I have never heard those two riddles yet that you gave over the air on Sat. night so I will sent my answers so you have something to laugh at they might be dum.
En Mon dut sei hore net ous em g’secht bolvera er dut se ob bolvera.
Der mund weegt en pund un en holb.
The moon is full once a month and has two quarters the first and last. Hence one and one half lb.
Here I have a new one.
Fer was downa de hinkle de oyer laya? Why do hens lay their eggs?
Won se sa schmisa dada don dadase farbrecha.
If they would throw them, they would break.
Here is a Dutch saying. Waesht du wos? En alts fos en neiar bodem nei; dei nas fer dar schtupper dei moul fer es schpunda loch.
Helen J. Moser
Box 91, Bally Penna.
English and Pennsylvania German
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Moser, Helen, "Letter from Helen J. Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, April 29th, 1954" (1954). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 236.
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