Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 23:08:31 EST
From: Brad Grissom BGRISSOM[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UKCC.UKY.EDU
Subject: Re: pickle- low party
Last week I saw an exhibition of Dorothea Lange photographs at
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Included was one of a
handlettered sign on a telephone pole in Pittsboro, N.C.
It was a general invitation to a "pickle-/low party" (hyphen
before linebreak), and couples would be charged fifteen cents.
I can see possibilities in low life and getting pickled, but
that is just speculation. I haven't gotten anywhere with the
apparent dictionaries. Anybody know what it is? Curiosity.
Joseph Jones jjones[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unixg.ubc.ca
University of British Columbia Library
No help here, but an odd coincidence that might be related: I was
just watching a dramatization of an Ed McClanahan short story ("The
Congress of Wonders"). In 1944, a young boy confronts a carnival
sideshow shill with her fakeries, and she says in exasperation,
"You wanna be told the goddam truth, don't come to a goddam pickle
punk show." I'm almost certain that's what I heard -- pickle, not
bgrissom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ukcc.uky.edu