Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Word needed.
- View SourceYour "growing-up" neighborhood sounds like mine,and Mom still calls rags schmatas! I do recall the "reksy" version also. Mom also refers to some housedresses or shabby scarves as schmatas.
> We grew up in a very diverse Jewish, Slovak, Polish and Black neighborhood.
> a rag was a schmata even though we all knew it was more Jewish than any other
> language. we used to have a man ride down President Street with a horse and
> buggy (1950's) and he collected rags and papers. He was the Rag man and the
> Schmata Man.
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- View SourceWhere on the SW side did you grow up? I lived on the SE side.
>>> BJLK@... 11/7/2004 2:05:18 PM >>>In a message dated 11/1/2004 8:39:33 PM Central Standard Time,
used to have a man ride down President Street with a horse and buggy
(1950's) and he collected rags and papers
When I was growing up on the southwest side of Chicago (30s and 40s),
scores of men like this cruising up and down our alleys. We even knew
paid the best prices, because our mothers saved newspapers for certain
and had us looking out for their horses. A particular favorite had a
pulled by a sweet piebald that loved children's attention. They were
our neighborhood as the "regsa-lies," which is (I think) a corrupted
of their chant that sounded something like "rags and iron." This
some good memories of other horse-and-buggy vendors of fresh fruit and
produce who would pass out free samples to all the kids.
B. J. Licko-Keel (BJLK@...)
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