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Amish, advertisement, folktales, Lancaster County, marriage, photography, salted mackerel, pneumonia
A typed copy of two folktales entitled, "Mr. Beiler Wanted a Wife", and, "Folk Tale Medicine", dating from circa 1950. One tale describes the case of Mr. Beiler who wished to find a wife through a matrimonial advertisement but needed a photograph of himself to send in the mail. The second tale describes how a young woman was cured of her pneumonia-induced fever via salted mackerel.
This tale is contributed by a member of my evening course on the folklore of Southeastern Pennsylvania. It was told by the mother of the letter carrier who said her son should never have done what he did.
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Shoemaker, Alfred L., "Mr. Beiler Wanted a Wife and Folk Tale Medicine" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 54.
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