Lemonade, made in the shade (1904); Church steeple & people

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Jan 31 17:22:09 UTC 2005

I learned the church-steeple finger game from my mother or possibly
great-aunt in the mid 1940s.  Mother born 1900, great-aunt born ca.
1870, both in Springfield, Mass.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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From: Bapopik at AOL.COM
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005 11:16 pm
Subject: Lemonade, made in the shade (1904); Church steeple & people

> collected by Clifton Johnson
> edited with an introduction by Carl Withers
> New York: Columbia University Press
> 1963
>   Clearfield Progress  Saturday, October 28, 1944 Clearfield,
> Pennsylvania...THIS IS THE Church. THIS IS THE STEEPLE, Open THE
> Doors and THEre Are.....nade of THE tools and wea (ab.) 37 THIS
> unit IS a part of THE forces of THE..
> Pg. 4, col. 1:
> One of the more intriguing bits of literature which Dr. (Dwight J.-
> -ed.) Bradley has put out is a 16-page size leaflet bearing the
> old nursery rhyme title, "This is the Church, This Is the Steeple,
> Open the Doors...and There Are the People."
>   Portsmouth Herald  Thursday, November 04, 1954 Portsmouth, New
> Hampshire...here's THE STEEPLE. Open THE doors AND SEE ALL THE
> PEOPLE." Unconsciously, Dr.....THE difference in his case is that
> ALL THE "PEOPLE" are sprawled on THE..
> Pg. 5, col. 1:
> There's a game adults play with children to amuse them. Clasping
> the hands with fingers entwined inside the palms, they maneuver
> them, chanting: "Here's the church and here's the steeple. Open
> the doors and see all the people."

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