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> Buying Black Babies, school
big tommy
post 10th Oct 2005, 03:26pm
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An interesting story from another site:
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I honestly believed that I was buying a Black Baby from Africa!! After donating my penny, I watched excitedly as the teacher marked off each box on the grid, and patiently waited until every last one was filled in. The teacher would announce in class that you had finished the card, and you got a clap from everyone and it made me feel so happy and that I has done something really important. I got a certificate for filling my card and can only assume that in my innocence it was a form of adoption papers.

The following week at school my teacher asked me if i wanted another card to collect more pennies. Can you imagine her face when I said "But please Miss, I haven't had my other Black baby yet!!"? She was speechless and could only blink and say, "But Thomas , you didn't really think you were going to get a black child from Africa, did you?" To which I replied, "Well Miss, after all, I did pay for one."

My first self inflicted real "riddie" and I can tell you I still cringe with embarassment before I burst into laughter. When I think about it the teacher couldn't have explained to us properly about the collecting for charity that we so lovingly donated every day with such unselfish conviction. So yes, I'm going to say it - "Miss, it was your fault!"

I still feel a tug at heart strings when I think about how let down I was that day. I was gutted!

As told by Tazza

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post 10th Oct 2005, 04:06pm
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I'll have the adoption people from several major US cities contact you.....better late than never biggrin.gif
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post 10th Oct 2005, 04:33pm
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A wee bit late for a baby now ..A widower and 75 year old .

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post 10th Oct 2005, 04:40pm
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Wait..aren't you the one who made the post about it not being too late to learn an instrument?

It'll be like giving a puppy to an old dog, adds years to their lives!
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post 10th Oct 2005, 05:14pm
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I remember buying a wee black baby , it was a great feeling to fill the book up ,I often wondered how they got the money to Africa? and awe they big pennies whit a weight the were rolleyes.gif


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post 10th Oct 2005, 07:19pm
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Dear Elkhead

Sorry! But the only instrumen i ever learned to play was the gramaphone
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post 10th Oct 2005, 08:25pm
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Tommy, I well remember taken in a penny to school to buy a 'black baby'. Mum used to tell us she had enough babies of her own ( eight of us ) without us buying any more.

I was surprised when my son started school in the 60s, to find out that buying black babies was still on the go.

Recently we had our loft insulated, so we had to clear it out and among the treasure's we found were a couple of our son's certificate's for the babies he bought. The difference in his day was that when the baby was paid for, the children were allowed to give the baby a name of their choice. smile.gif


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post 10th Oct 2005, 09:03pm
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Elkhound, sorry, you're accusing the wrong person. I'm the guilty party. So how's your music coming along?

Sorry folks, I'm off topic there.
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post 11th Oct 2005, 02:27am
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Sorry, I should do better research. I'm a bit behind in practice, but I do have a lesson tomorrow. Teacher favors old country/cowboy songs, hopefully I can get him to help me with Eleanor Rigby, or When I'm 64!
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post 11th Oct 2005, 06:21am
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I can't remember buying a black baby, but I do remember black sambo (that sounds terrible now) the nuns use to bring it around the classrooms and you placed your penny in it's hand and it put it in it's mouth.

I loved it I use to drive my mother mad wanting money for it. I think this money was more for the priests and nuns to go to Africa.
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post 11th Oct 2005, 10:25am
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Like weesmasher a dont remember buying one, but i remember the teacher having a jar on her desk and saying to us to put our spare pennies in it for africa, this was in 1975 at my primary school.


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post 12th Oct 2005, 12:23am
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Oh if only babies were so easy to come by. I remember giving to the black babies, but never enough in my opinon, so in my tiny mind that's why i never got one?

God Bless all babies


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post 12th Oct 2005, 01:02am
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I remember buying a black baby they had that card and they ticked it off every time you gave a penny then you gave it a name i called mine Harry he must be about 40 years of age now and he never called me once so if you are out there Harry i am still waiting ph34r.gif
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post 12th Oct 2005, 01:13am
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Well ahm sure he'll no be hard tae find Sammy...HARRY????? fae AFRICA???? laugh.gif

We too had the Black Baby certificates, like you say Sammy I think the whole stamped page wis how much? Wis it twelve pennies?..or a shilling? Cripes ah cannae remember.
Then it was called the Biafran Mission, I think you're right weesmasher, it was more for the missionary's themselves to go there.
I think my mum still subscribes to the Buchlyvie Fathers, they're missionary's too.


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post 12th Oct 2005, 02:02am
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I remember black sambo we had one in our class .You put your penny in his hand and it went up and into his mouth. We had a card and every penny you put in,one of your boxes got a x . When you had paid in full ,half a crown ,You got to name the child. I only ever remember naming one ,Anne. I always liked that name. biggrin.gif


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