Everyday History: LBJ Orders Pants (Now with animation!)

by Sally J.

in Free Articles / Blog

LBJ Orders Pants.

Now with animation!

Adam and Jesse, the dapper charmers behind this video aren’t in the business of making history engaging and interesting,  but they did a bang-up job of it, anyway.

THEREFORE, I would like to:

  1. Buy them a Wisconsin beer.
  2. Nominate this video for SAA’s “I Found It! In the Archives” thingy.  Since I’m not a historical repository or a group and I”m not planning an entire event… this might be a rouge nomination. If you bother to watch the entire video, you’ll understand why that’s the only way this gem will be nominated.

If earthy talk about male body parts bothers you, I suggest you skip the video.

Put This On: LBJ Buys Pants from Put This On on Vimeo.

To understand WHY I LOVE THIS VIDEO WITH THE INTENSITY OF 10,000 SUNS, you need to know that my day job is Audio Archivist —  and the collection I’m responsible for was divested of its music decades ago.

What’s left is a huge spoken word archive with speeches, oral histories, meetings and — wait for it — hours and hours of dictation.  Recorded on utterly insane formats like dictabelt and soundscriber disc


I found this extremely entertaining bit of everyday history brought to life via a blog called My Mother In Law Is Sitting Between Us. True tales of cleaning out after a horder dies.

I found Sidney via an interesting (and heartbreaking) article about horders in Newsweek. Do not do this to your children, even if you’re not a horder. Grief is not the best time to be making decisions about what to toss and what to keep. Ignore the vacation photos of your hotel room — or better yet ditch them altogether — and write down the stories behind your “keeper” photos.

Susan Kitchens January 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

That is rich beyond words. I think I saw it mentioned on a day when I was laser-focused on some goal, saw it, and said, “not now.”

Thank you for that, and for a lovely un-laser-focused foray into the realm of the MIL hoarder blog.

Nice to know that behind all your brisk, friendly and practical wisdom of The Photos, oh, The Photos!, you tend to an audio collection as well. For gosh darn real money. Hat’s off to you for dealing with audio incunabula. (there. did I spell that right?)

(incidentally, you link in the comment above needs to have the http:// to make it work)

Sally J. January 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

I know, right? The dictabelts in our collection have grease pencil marks, just like you said. We have a vintage machine in the vault, but I’m a little scared to try it out. There is a safe way to digitize the belts, and it’s the same machine that’s used to digitize wax cylinders. Behold: The Archeophone. Yours for approximately $30,000.00, Tenn!

I’ve only done transcription one time, and I’m grateful it was digital by then. The oral history interviews were with folks who had strong accents and were talking about very emotional topics. Being able to slow it down without damaging the original was great.

Tennlady January 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

OMG! Dictabelts. Man I hated transcribing from those. And we had to mark the end of the dictation, so that the doctors could use the belt if there was space left. Then we went to microcassettes which were okay when the tapes didn’t break. After that it was digital.

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