National Geographic : 1938 Nov
Photograph byDenis Galloway MERRIER WILL BE THE SPINNERY WHEN THE YOUNG MEN ARRIVE To brighten long winter evenings of spinning wool, swains drop in and join the unmarried girls. Then spirits rise, amidjokes and songs. The girlwho drops herspindle must pay a ransom for its return-most likely a kiss. The Hungarian traditions of the spinnery are dying out now asmore and more villagers buy machine-made cloth.