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From: "Jane Houghton" <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] What is a Blackjack
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:49:39 -0000
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Thanks to Olive, Anthony and Vanessa. I thought they must be cockroaches but the old lady was adamant that they weren't. I guess they are after all.
----- Original Message -----
From: Vanessa Dixon
To: Jane Houghton
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 11:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHS] What is a Blackjack

My mum is in her 70's and talks about the blackjacks that infested their terraced house during her childhood, they came out when it was dark. What she is talking about are definately cockroaches, but I suppose it depends where you come from, maybe blackjacks were different on farms.


Jane Houghton <> wrote:
I have been talking to an elderly friend about "the old days". She has lived
all he life in East Cheshire. She talks about Blackjacks- some sort of
beetle that infested a farm. She says they are not cockroaches, they are
black and move slowly except when disturbed or the light is switched on. One
crushed blackjack produces a foul stench that would fill a small room. They
used to be found commonly in bakeries. I have Googled but no luck. Can
anyone help?

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