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Joe Magarac

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The steel mill equivalent of Paul Bunyan? Who knew?

Original comic strip here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 10, 2013 | Number of Comments: 7
Category: Regionalism, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Myths and Fairytales, Superheroes, 1930's, 1950's, North America
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He doesn't have an ox though!
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 01/10/13 at 09:08 AM
There can be only one MAN OF STEEL and he ain't no slag-heap reject! http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/3d/smileys-3d-646558.gif

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Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/10/13 at 09:15 AM
Nicely done, Expat.

What with the swimming around in the melting pot, I see him more as an inspiration for the final scene in "Terminator 2".

And I certainly did not some across any mention of him during my three years in Pittsburgh, PA.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 01/10/13 at 10:45 AM
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Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/10/13 at 10:48 AM
YYou make a good point KDP. I have lived in Ohio all my life and this is the first I've heard of this guy too. But maybe I am just too young to remember him. smile
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 01/10/13 at 10:52 AM
Believe it or not, I have heard of Joe Magarac. The legend was recorded by an investigator of the WPA (Works Progress Administration), if my memory serves me correctly.

The Eastern European immigrants working in the steel mills in the early 1900s told Joe Magarac stories. I don't remember whether or not he was a transplant from "the Old Country" or was an American invention.

To the best of my memory, it was the WPA or a similar government program to record the folk tales and legends of America. From this program many songs, stories and legends were recorded, written down and preserved. Some were published during WWII in a book that the title and editor escapes me at the moment. The name Botkin comes to mind. Googled it. (I love the 21st Century and the interwebz!) Yes, B. A. Botkin, "A Treasury of American Folklore", pub. 1944. Occasionally copies show up in used book stores. A true treasury of tales and legends. Know what a witch rifle is? No? It's recorded there. The Belle Witch of Tennessee, Little Eight John, play party games and skip rope rhymes, the original "Ballad of Davy Crockett", stories of Abraham Lincoln, Jesse James, and many others, outlaws and villians alike. Folks this is how we entertained ourselves before television, and before many of us could afford a radio, or had electricity to to run it.
Posted by Old Texan in West of Fort Worth, Texas USA on 01/21/13 at 06:34 PM
Amazon has this book listed for $266.34 or $1.70. Take your pick.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/21/13 at 10:55 PM
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