Story of Cotton-can it be Denim?

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branch of a cotton plantThe Story of Cotton-Can It Be denim?

Can you hum a tune or sing the song, cotton fields back home?

Everyone knows the song: In the cotton fields back home. 

“When I was a little bitty baby my momma would rock me in the cradle. 

In them old cotton fields back home.”

 The last verse goes like this.

“It was down in Louisiana Just about a mile from Texarkana,    

In old cotton fields back home! 

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What's it all about?

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Descriptions-What is it all about?

The table of contents is a list of all the pages and posts with a brief summary or descriptions to help visitors navigate with ease to interesting sites from my website.   That’s what it is about.

The Post is now media friendly  To find out the content of the sites, scroll down, look at the pictures and read the summaries.  There are the Pages and the Posts to help with navigation.

What’s the Website all about?   ‘It’s about 501® Levi® original and tall & big original fit jeans for men’.   Looking good!

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The pictorial exhibit design:

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Pictorial exhibit about my dad's life from the 1930's to 1997A.  The Pictorial Exhibit Details

The making of the pictorial exhibit took a lot of work and time.   But it was fun and it helped me learn that I too have some artistic abilities. I did not realize this even though my whole family has a certain talent they can speak about.  You too can make any pictorial exhibit design.  It takes motive and concentration.

Some people show pictures from an album.  Some are fortunate to have film of their loved ones.  Sad to say, many have nothing.  Maybe things were lost or may be collections of any sort were ignored and discarded.

 

 

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My mule stories–invitation to a tea party

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Brown donkeyFrancis had an Invitation to a Tea Party at a fancy hotel downtown

Can you imagine a mule going to a fancy hotel to attend a tea party given by a group of elderly ladies?  I had to answer the invitation because Francis—that’s the name of my dad’s mule—did not know how to speak the language of those elderly women.  It is a matter of semantics.

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The mule story–the unexpected call

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Blue light reflecting from a Police CarThe Unexpected Call—dreaded and late

How would you react to a late unexpected call from the police

while you were asleep in bed?

 Francis, our coke drinking mule whose home is behind the curio shop, but visits people who give him a bottle of coke to drink is Keeping Company with the Police at 2:00 in the Morning.

It was a morning just like this.  A time for sleeping waiting for dawn.

 

 

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My mule stories-busload of kids


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a school butMy mule story-a busload of kids 

An introduction to Francis, our beautiful mule who loved drinking cokes and who entertained thousands of tourist over 50 years ago.

He is talking to you.  “Heeeee Haa.”  This is the story about the busload of kids who gave Francis one or more bottles of coca cola one day.   It was on a Saturday when Francis saw the bus.  Francis heard the commotion but did not figure out who these kids were doing on a bus.

 

 

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The big 47 foot cowboy

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hand-built statue of cowboyThe big 47-foot cowboy

501® Levi ® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.     

Levi jeans began in 1873 and in 1960, these famous Tall and big original fit jeans were made especially for the first and the only 47-foot statue of a cowboy.  That is because there are no other statues of this kind that were ever built.

Today the reputation for the Levi name continues as did the popularity of those original fit blue jeans had earned for the cowboy.

 

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Funny stories about the big cowboy

 

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laughing togetherFunny Stories About the Cowboy

There are many funny stories that was told to me or that I was present at the time.  Tourists saw the cowboy and thought he was a plane.   I was given stilts and was ready to run.  The cowboy’s shirt was made in a gymnasium, but it ended up too small.  Dad did not tell them.  He did not want to hurt their feelings.   They were so excited to help.

I have pictures that will put a smile on your face.  Do you want a cure?  Try on a laugh.

 

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10 interesting facts about denim jeans.

There are 10 interesting facts I have included in this post.  Some of these facts will be remembered, but some people may not remember these 10 facts.  They are interesting because Levi Strauss, the man himself was a creative genius.  We are thankful for both Strauss and Davis: otherwise, we may be wearing silk jeans®–  blue silk jeans®.

Blue silk material that could have been made for jeans

Levi Strauss used innovation to build his product to what it is today: a worldwide business enterprise.  We must not forget Jacob Davis, the man who invented the blue jeans.

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Ten Interesting facts about denim jeans®.

“Happiness is love and blue jeans.”

Many people believe jeans were an American Invention and I thought so too but they were first found or got their start in Genoa, Italy.  It was a harbor town that made a certain type of material called a gene or jean.

The name “denim” derives from French serge de Nîmes, meaning ‘serge from Nîmes‘. a fabric which originated in Nemes, France during the Middle Ages.

The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for GenoaItaly (Gênes), where the first denim trousers were made.

Later after the Italians exported the material throughout Europe, the weavers tried to develop the jeans and were known as “serge de Nemes” meaning from the city of Nemes which was later referred to as denim. 

Levi Strauss story for Johnnie    In Nemes, Genoa, Italy the weavers developed a twill fabric that came to be known as ‘denim’. 

Wikipedia contributors. “Denim.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 Apr. 2018. Web. 18 Apr. 2018.

“The best thing to hold onto life is each other.”   Aubrey Hepburn

What is denim?
According to Wikipedia, “Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck.”

What is Cotton Duck?

Cotton duck is a heavy, plain woven cotton fabric, Duck canvas is more tightly woven than plain canvas.

Duck fabric is woven with two yarns together in the warp and a single yarn in the weft

Cotton duck is used in a wide range of applications, from sneakers to painting canvases to tents to sandbags.

Duck fabric is woven with two yarns together in the warp and a single yarn in the weft.

Wikipedia contributors. “Denim.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 Apr. 2018. Web. 18 Apr. 2018.

 

Now, we see another 501 Jean commercial named, Pick Up.  1989   Music, “Be My Baby” by the Ronnetts.

 

 

“Denim is a love that never fades.”   Elio Fiorucci

I heard Brat Pitt also wore 501® Levi® Jeans, but I do not have the facts about that.  

Is there anyone who can inform me?  

I was searching for some Youtube videos and got a short video trailer from a scene with Brad Pitt.  

Maybe he was to emulate the great James Dean.  This video clip is a Levi® Jeans® commercial made before Brad Pitt became famous. 

Brad had the great looks and talent and wealth.  Now sadly his mind is on his divorce.  However, this commercial makes him a woman’s dream.

 

” Born with good jeans” –Pinterest

Here is an interesting partial list of well know people who have or still wear 501® Levi® jeans.  To see their pictures and short takes, see Fashion Telegraph.  (The older Version)  

Did this film about Brad Pitt remind you of James Dean who always wore his 501® Levi® jeans?  It is a good thing Brad’s girlfriend brought him his Levi® jeans.  

How did she know he was getting out of prison?  Well, we don’s ask such questions if it is a Brad Pitt movie. 

Marlon Brando; Ronan Keating wore 501®s for the Capital FM”S party in the Park in 2001.  Bruce Springsteen wore them on tour in 1985.  Mitt Romney, presidential hopeful wore the classic fit in March 2012;  

Barack Obama who threw the first pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals wore them there.  Geoge Clooney wears the classic fit with a leather jacket!    

Steve Jobs wears his iconic uniform with his 501 ®s and a black turtleneck sweater for his Apple Products.  Alexa Chung wears cut-offs from 501® Levis®;   Chloe  Sevigny usually wears vintage stone-washed 501® cut-offs.        

Edward Furlong,  Clay Aiken,  Sheryl Crow and Drew Barrymore wear Levi® jeans®.

 

 

“I’ll never throw away my blue jeans.” –Susan Ford–

After leaving New York at the age of 23, Levi set sail for San Francisco with his brother-in-law and opened a wholesale business dealing in dry goods and selling such items as clothes, boots, cloth, needles, and thread,

But during the gold rush era, there were prospectors and miners that were the tools needed for them to work with; such as shovels, pickaxes, pans, clothing,  and tents.

Levi was 24 years old when he sailed from Manhattan around the Cape Horn to San Francisco in 1853.  His purpose was to open a dry goods store for the minors.  He established a branch for his brothers. 

Over the next 20 years, he built a name for himself.   He was a well-respected businessman.  He was a philanthropist.

Strauss also gave money to several charities, including special funds for orphans.

Using a series of different locations in the city over the years, he sold clothing, fabric, and other items to small shops in the region.

A special event occurred that would change everyone and everything.      Now for the video “Parting”! 1987.  Music, “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge.

 

 

“You can never own too many jeans.”

I liked this commercial advertising  Coca-Cola Coke.   I remembered seeing this and here’s my chance to show it now.  It is not really about denim jeans entirely, but you can use your imagination in this type of commercial.  My dad’s mule who drank coca-cola drinks from a coke bottle reminds me of this commercial.  Our coke machine was on the porch of the curio shop and every time a tourist was near the coke machine, he would bray loudly.  This was in the late 1950’s. The mule entertained many tourists, but he mostly entertained the family with his antics.  I hope this commercial put a smile on you too.

 

Food, water, denim.   Let’s get back to essentials.”

Jeans were later inspired by a customer whose pants kept ripping.   Jacob Davis was the man who helped the customer by adding rivets to his pants.  Jacob Davis was a tailor in Nevada.  He ordered the denim material from Levi Strauss in San Francisco.

The customer asked Davis to make a pair of pants for her husband that would not fall apart.  Davis came up with the idea of using metal rivets on the points of strain.  So he put the rivets on the pocket corners and at the base of the button-fly.

It was a new idea, so to get the rivets patented he called on Levi Strauss to help the patient and to become business partners, and since Davis was wanting to protect his idea of the rivets (who by the way solved the customer’s problem) convinced Levi Strauss, a merchant owner of a dry goods store to become the business partner.  

                                          

“No matter how hard it gets, let’s just be happy that today is Friday, payday, and we are allowed to wear jeans at the office.”

Levi Strauss went on to San Francisco and manufactured the sturdy work pants of miners and hard-working factory workers.  The first to benefit was the minors.  They needed sturdy pants in the mines.  Later, when Levi Strauss used the rivets in the pants, the miners were happy that the pockets were reinforced for things they had to put the different things in them.

He went on to make jeans for the woodcutters, farmers, and cowboys.  Levi had the reputation of making a sturdy pair of pants.  Today, Levi Strauss and Company still have the sturdy pair of 501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans for men.  Women wear them too.

    

“An expert knows all the right answers if the right questions are given to him.”

After World War II, jeans became very popular with the people in Europe.  American GI’s would wear then off duty in Paris.   (later other countries were informed about the jeans)

It became a fashion item at that time.  A kiss was okay, but jeans were great and many women and women wanted a pair.

This video commercial is by Nick Kidman.  Music, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.

 “When in doubt, wear jeans.”

Jeans were once banned in certain settings.  It used to be that coveralls, before 1950, were used by workers.

But after 1950, teens called them jeans and they became popular among the younger generation.   But they were banned at certain places such as schools, movie theaters, and restaurants because they were seen as a form of rebellion against conformity.

Now, everyone wears jeans from the rich men to the salesperson to the movie director to Presidents.  You go anywhere and see all kinds of people wear 501 Levi original fit jeans.  (tall and big sizes too.)

This 501 commercial is based on a movie in the 1960’s (I think) called, “Swimmer”.  This Levi® commercial is called, “swimmer”, in 1991.  Directed by Tarsem at Spots Films.  Music, “Mad About The Boy” by Dinah Washington.

Denim has always been an everyday symbol for the style.”    Ritu Kuman

 “I want to die with my blue jeans on.”-Andy Warhol–

Since the teenager went to the movies with their dates, friends, and family, of course, Hollywood got into it and used that symbol of rebellion in several movies.

The most noted was James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Marlon Brando also was seen in a movie as a rebellious motorcycle gang member who wore the symbolic rebel jeans and the real leather jacket.

That made the jeans even more popular.  Many actors have played roles while wearing their Levi® jeans.  James Dean was an icon for fashion cool.  His role in Giant was a short part, but one that was remembered by all.

              

This video was from a television commercial advertising (I had thought) the 1984 Olympic Games.  It is a catchy tune remembered by many people.   Listen to the times of TV advertising; to name a few.  It is too bad I do not remember this commercial and was pleased to hear it now.

 

“I want to die with my blue jeans on.”-Andy Warhol–

Levi Strauss & Co. has used clever entertaining and creative advertisements since the early beginning.

The first one was by word of mouth probably, since his jeans were very sturdy for the minors and Levi was an honest man.  In fact, many times you would see Levi Strauss walking around the various people who needed sturdy jeans,   It is probably a good guess they knew him and asked him questions.   He was an up-close advertiser and at his small company knew the names of all his employees and he talked with them.  He was not able to do this when his company became large, however.

Having no wife, Levi was able to devote all his time working at his company.  He expected his employees to work hard too and they did.

This was during the years when a handshake between two businessmen, sealed an unwritten contract.  He may not have wanted to wear his own product, but I have an idea that he would have loved to drink a 10 cent coke.    He worked hard to bring a sturdy Levi® jean for those minors and the farmers.

 

refreshing to drink a coke

So I guess this is a note to end on for one of Levi Strauss images of an old coca cola posters.    I will now sing this to you.  (music plays and Judy sings)

 “I hope you all enjoyed these advertisements and will hum this tune whenever you may feel down because remember, the song’s words say,  Everyone has a story and that makes your story and your day important.”

Please, just write a short comment or you can ask a question.   Let me know if perhaps you may have a favorite “old” TV commercial you remember.                                             Very good reading

If you have the time, please comment about this story.  Thanks again.  Your views are important to me.  I had fun and I hope you did too,  My best!  Judy

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Levi Strauss story for Johnnie

The Levi Strauss History The making of the 501® Levi jeans–
A Long Story in History To Remember for Johnny!

I was sitting on the sofa next to my grandson, who asked me if he would be able to wear the 501® Levi jeans.

He wanted to know if he were tall, would he be able to wear the tall and big jeans?    

Johnnie’s dad was tall and had to have big jeans to fit his big frame.

 I told him I could tell he was going to be big and tall, but he would have to decide he if he wanted 501® Levi jeans.

He pointed it out to me how much his dad loved his 501® jeans so much that he kept them in the freezer sometimes.  

Now, my grandson, age 10, did not know that some men did not clean their 501 Levi jeans.

“I will tell you the drama about how once the Levi 501® jeans were made by a man by the name

of Jacob Davis as well as Levi Strauss.”

     Johnny:  “Not just by Levi alone grandma?”

Now Johnnie was a precocious child and was always interested in my stories.

He liked stories about real people.  And he loved talking about the 501® Levi jeans his dad wore.

I have a book here on maps.   So, you are right.   The other person, Jacob Youphes, was born in 1831 of a Jewish family”

Riga in 1830's

 

The name of the town was named Riga which was a part of the Russian Empire.   This map shows Riga is now in Latina.

During the time in Riga, he trained and worked as a taler.   

In 1854, when Jacob Youphes, was 23  he immigrated to America and settled in New York City.  

There he changed his name from Youphes to Davis.  

He was a tailor by trade and so he operated his tailor shop for a while before he left for Maine.  

Later, in 1856, he left Maine and traveled to San Francisco.  

However, he did not stay long, so in 1858, he once again moved to Weatherville.

Yes and it was at this time, it was believed,  he worked as a journeyman tailor.”

        Johnny: What is a journeyman?

He is a person who has served as an apprenticeship at a trade and is certified to work at it assisting another person.  Now the show must go on.

  

 

The name of the town was named Riga which was a part of the Russian Empire.   This map shows Riga is now in Latina.

During the time in Riga, he trained and worked as a taler.   

In 1854, when Jacob Youphes, was 23  he immigrated to America and settled in New York City.  

He is a person who has served as an apprenticeship at a trade and is certified to work at it assisting another person.  Now the show must go on.

In 1858, he was on the move again.  But this time he moved to Western Canada.  While there he met and married a German immigrant named Annie Parksher and had 6 children by her.

 

 I told him I could tell he was going to be big and tall, but he would have to decide he if he wanted 501® Levi jeans.

He pointed it out to me how much his dad loved his 501® jeans so much that he kept them in the freezer sometimes.  

Now, my grandson, age 10, did not know that some men did not clean their 501 Levi jeans.

“I will tell you the drama about how once the Levi 501® jeans were made by a man by the name

of Jacob Davis as well as Levi Strauss.”

     Johnny:  “Not just by Levi alone grandma?”

 

 

 

The name of the town was named Riga which was a part of the Russian Empire.   This map shows Riga is now in Latina.

During the time in Riga, he trained and worked as a taler.   

In 1854, when Jacob Youphes, was 23  he immigrated to America and settled in New York City.  

There he changed his name from Youphes to Davis.  

He was a tailor by trade and so he operated his tailor shop for a while before he left for Maine.  

Later, in 1856, he left Maine and traveled to San Francisco.  

However, he did not stay long, so in 1858, he once again moved to Weatherville.

Yes and it was at this time, it was believed,  he worked as a journeyman tailor.”

        Johnny: What is a journeyman?

 

Now it’s time for bed Johnny.  We will talk more tomorrow about    501® Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans                                               

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My title is again, 501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans.

Everyone has a story-teachers cut cotton

everyone has a story title

 

My friends,  this is a long entertaining play that I wrote.  You may need to divide your time in reading it or you may want to read to the end.    I have an intermission.  If you would like to stop there or at any time and go to my other posts or pages, please do so.
The purpose of this play that I wrote is to entertain and to bring you “close” to a company I have loved since the 1960’s because Levi Strauss & Co. fitted my dad’s 47- foot cowboy with their 501 original jeans.   ENJOY THE PLAY.

INTRODUCTION of the theater program.

Play’s Long Title– How Judy and Maggie  Relate the work of slaves chopping cotton to how Levi Strauss integrated factories with Black Americans long before the Civil Right’s Act of the 1960’s.

Play’s short Title-Levi plays a part in Black American History Concerning Slaves.

Act 1

Judy and Maggie learn about the role and work of the slave in the U. S.

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A Restored slave cabin.  Laura Plantation near Vacherie, Louisiana.

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This is a story about how Judy learned a little surprise about chopping cotton.   Her history class would benefit by researching how Levi Strauss, maker of 501 jeans for men and other styles of fashion did his part to symbolically free the black American by giving him his civil rights.

Relating her experience in the small town in Oklahoma, her students would realize the importance of their research.

slaves-in-the-field

Abby, Ella. “Slavery.” Emaze. Contributor public page.  www.emaze.com/slavery

Author of Play

According to what I have been told throughout the years in my life, the Wikipedia well expresses slavery, especially those in the field, is this manner.

Field slaves usually worked in the fields from sunrise to sundown, while being monitored by an overseer. The Overseer

was there to make sure that slaves did not slow down or cease their field work until the day was over.

Wikipedia contributors, “Field slaves in the United States.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.  4 Aug. 2016. Web. Nov. 23, 2016

The first part of this play takes place in a little town and a cotton field in Oklahoma.   The dialogue begins with two high school history teachers; friends who live in Dallas.

Open little theater

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This is the stage in the late 1950’s that was used in this play. I may include it in other places to remind you that it is a play. It starts with two friends talking about their teaching jobs at the middle school nearby.  They are in Judy’s home relaxing after a long day of teaching.   Maggie lives nearby, and it is their habit to drink coffee and talk about their students and their history lessons.

But this ‘day’ would prove to be distinctive for both Maggie and Judy.  It was their lesson in history that would not be forgotten.

MaggieI am still elated that the kids are excited to learn about the cotton manufacturing plants.”

Judy” I am on the same lesson plan.”

Maggie I concentrate more on the cotton manufacturing process.”

Judy  “They just learned today in my class about all the products that can be made with cotton.   There are a lot of products and information the Story of cotton shows  When we came to the part about jeans, they all laughed.”

Maggie— “They said The Jingle, did they not?”

                  Pat,  Pat                                                                                                                                          clap,                                                                                                                                 snap  to  the, snap to the rhythm,  pat– pat 

         Judy “Here we go now–“                                                                                                                                                                                         RHYTHMtalk the talk

         Judy–“Find me jeans.”         

 

Maggie—“Jeans for me too?”

          Judy—“For you jeans?”

 Maggie—“501 Levi jeans?”

          Judy “Find me Levi jeans too, please”

 Maggie “501 Levi jeans for you too?”

 

Row, David, “Lesson, Songs, Ideas.”    Make Moments Matter.  Educational Teacher’s Guide,  Web. 24 Sept. 2016  “clicking fingers to the beat of the RHYTHM”                    

      Judy“Find me jeans too, please.”snapping finger

Maggie“501 Levi jeans for men?”

       Judy“Find me 501 Levi original jeans and tall & big original fit jeans

Maggie“Find me jeans too, please?

 

Row, David, “Lesson, Songs, Ideas.”    Make Moments Matter.  Educational Teacher’s Guide,  Web. 24 Sept. 2016  “clicking fingers to the beat of the RHYTHM”            

Weagley, Vance. “How to Snap Your Fingers.” The 11 Most Unnecessary ‘How To’ Guides on the Web.”   Feb.2009. www.cracked.com/article_17018_the 11-most-unnecessary-how-to guides.

Ray

Judy and Maggie discuss their trip to Oklahoma to visit Maggie’s family.  They both looked forward to visiting relatives and having fun at the Jute joint owned by Maggie’s aunt.  Maggie went often and Judy was happy to visit there.

Maggie went often and Judy was pleased to be invited

fun at the juke joint

Biafra, Jello. “Feature: History of the Juke Joint.”   WordPress Blog post.  Rock and Roll Junkie.  June 2015. Web. 23 Nov. 2016

MaggieMy grandma’s stories will make you cry and laugh too.   Do you know why the slave was called a lazy coon in my family when they were slaves?”
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Picture of hookworms>>Walsh, Michael. “Hookworm.” Infection Landscapes. Other Infectious Diseases and Microbe sites. web. 13 Feb. 2012. Accessed Nov. 23, 2016. http://www.infectionlandscapes.org/2012/02/hookworm.html#uds-search-results

Maggie—“ According to the article about “Hookworms” caused the slave to be protein and iron deficient; not to mention the hard work involved working in the field all day.

The slave did not wear shoes and this is where the slave most likely got the infectious disease.  The slaves were not lazy since they worked in the field.    And then had to take care of responsibilities upon return home from the field.”

Judy “I agree.  I did not know about hookworms being responsible for the slave’s image of laziness that prevailed in the Civil War times. That is another research item for my students.”

Ray

While staying with Maggie’s aunt Dot, Judy learned how to cook tripe.

Judy—  “What is it you are cooking?   Can I help?”                                               

Dot  “Mmm?  No there isn’t anything to do here?  Do you like tripe?”

Judy “Ugh?   Not sure.  What is tripe?  How do you cook tripe?”

                                                                             Dot—

“Tripe is just the lining of a cow’s stomach.  I am cleaning it; prepare tripegetting rid of the fat.  After that, I will put it in the pot on the stove and simmer it for about 2 1/2 hours.  I am cooking it for my ‘no good husband’.  You can have some tripe too or you can eat the chicken saved from last night.

Image from Spain  Lastras, Javier.  “Tripe.”  Blogspot.  Flickr.  8 Jan. 2010. Accessed Nov. 23, 2016.  www.flickr.com/photos/jlastras/4259276417  

Judy– Well, this time, I will eat the chicken.”  

 

After eating we all took a short nap and then walked to the Jute joint.  It became quite lively later on in the evening but I loved listening and dancing to the soul music.  Everyone had fun!!

The next few days, we talked with Maggie’s family.   Grandma talked about the days she was a slave.

Ray

Friday morning, everyone got up early to go to the farm to chop cotton.  Judy and Maggie were asked to help with the work.

JudyOf course I would love to go, but I do not know how to pick cotton.”

Maggie  “Don’t worry about that.  I will give you a garden hoe and show you how to chop cotton.  We will start at 5:00 in the morning.  And  I’ll have a hat for you to wear, but make sure you put on your jeans.”

Judy  

Soon we stopped beside the little track of a road, and I noticed there was no cotton that I could see.   Where is the cotton I asked in surprise.

Maggie—“Oh I am sorry,  We are going to chop cotton.  It makes it so that there will be more room for all the cotton, I guess.   Now here we have your garden hoe that you can use.”

 

(I do not know where this picture came from but it was a free image.)

Ray

Judy was surprised.    After meeting the other friends of Maggie and finished loading the extra supplies to the farmhouse, it was time to chop cotton.

INTERMISSION

{Go and relax for a while if you are tired of reading.  I hope you have enjoyed the play so far.  You may even want to check out my blogs or the pages to my website.  Comment too.}

Visitors, please continue at your own pace and email me at  judy@findmejeans.com.  I only use the email to let my visitors learn about a new post or Website that I have written.   If you are ready, please go to the second act.

Act 2

Judy’s time in the cotton field with Maggie in Oklahoma.   Levi Strauss & Co. integrate their factories and hire  Black Americans long before the Civil Rights Act on the 1960s.

MaggieWe are going to start on this side and go on down this row to the end. Let me show you how.”  

JudyThe rows seemed long to me but I was ready to start.

2178266091_a47da3cf35_zchopping-cotton

Wolcott, Marion Post, Photographer. “Bayou Bourbeau Plantation.”  Gallery by Christie. Library of Commerce.  circa 1940. accessed Nov. 24, 2016. https://www.flickr.com/photos/christie4679/galleries/72157623356053553/                

Judy

The plants and the weeds looked all the same.   Maggie demonstrated the chopping of cotton for me once again.  I started on my row and looked down to the end.  

It did not seem that far.  I was going pretty fast, but the others were doing it fairly fast too.  A little later, I started to slow down to an unsteady pace.  It was getting unbelievably wretched.

I was getting a more sweaty.  By the time we had reached the end of the row to go back, we all drank a lot of water first.

I thought it was a little too hot to continue, but everyone had started back down the row, and so did I.

About halfway down, or so I thought, my face was starting to be copious with tears of sweat.  My vision was blurred and  I was dizzy and did not complain, but I did slow down a lot.

I had heard a person commenting that the day was a scorcher.  Today there was a new meaning of the word, scorcher.

I looked up and glanced down at the end of my row.   Hot snot!!   It was just too far!  Sweat was pouring down my face like heavy, angry rain.  I heard some people singing.  Can’t remember a note they sang now.

 

Maggie notice me stumbling and talking to myself.  She gave me a rag to wipe my face.   I looked around for a water jug, but apparently, no one had one.

Water, water, water was in my thoughts.  It was at the end of the line, or was it?   Was I in a green desert?

You can see in this picture how hard I was working!

woman sweating and drinking water

Averkamp, Stephanie. “What is Sweat Made Of?” Fitness for Weight Loss, copyright 2015.  Accessed Dec. 17, 2016

To make a long story short, I did not think I could have finished.  My back hurt because you had to chop hard to get the weeds dug out and the garden hoe I used was too short.

Besides that, it was just too hot to work.  Water, water. Water—I was slowing down and was way behind the others who were joking and zipping on down.  Someone noticed me and told Maggie. 

The man said that  ‘I was in low cotton’ today and then she helped me into the truck that was parked in the shade.  I was glad.  When I got back, I took a long swig of water (and poured some on my face).  My T-Shirt was soaked.  When Maggie got back, we just took the truck on back to the farmhouse.

Then we took her car home.   But first, she went to the house to thank the woman who had cooked some beans and rice.  She smiled so kindly.

Judy“I am sorry I did not finish my row.”

Maggie“That is okay.  You are not experienced in working in the sweltering heat. They will work for a few more hours and will be stopping before it gets too hot.  Probably around noon.  {You got to be kidding, I thought!!!}    “Everyone will take a nap, and leave early evening to work the fields again. They will stop when it gets too dark to see.”  

Judy What does it mean, ‘she’s living in low cotton’?”

Maggie“It means that you are just having a bad day.”   

“in low cotton.” McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. 2002. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 8 Nov. 2016 http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+low+cotton


Judy
I have thought about that morning several times in my life.   Yes!  I was living in low cotton.  But I wanted to go back someday to try picking cotton once again.  I felt a little sad knowing how the slaves must have felt like having to do the arduous work in the field all day without letup. How could anyone call a slave—lazy?
Yes!  I would have a lot to say to my students in my history class and to teach it in the direction where my students would get a better understanding on how the slave really must have felt by chopping and picking cotton.  

I had also learned how Levi Strauss, the maker of Levi 501 jeans, had his sewing factories integrated before the Civil Rights Act was in place.   The following is an account that happened in The Civil Rights Movement on the 1960’s.   It shows how Levi Strauss was one of the first to integrate his factories.

          Levi Strauss and Co.’s innovations in workplace, practices and social responsibility led the way to corporate

          America throughout much of the 20th century.  For example, the company’s commitment to equal employment

          opportunities diversity predated the U.S. Civil Rights movement of federally mandated desegregation by two 

          decades.   Levi  Strauss and Co. opened integrated factories in California in the 1940’s.     In 1960, to supply a

          growing need for jeans,  the company expanded production to towns in the Southern United States.  As a pre-

          condition to opening manufacturing plants, the company insisted that the workforce was to be integrated from

          day one, which flew in the face of established regional norms.   The company encountered fierce community

          resistance, but eventually provided and set an example for other employers to follow.

  
                     Strauss, Levi & Co.  “Original for 150 years: Story of Levi Strauss.”  PRNews Release.  01 May 2003.  Accessed Dec. 1, 2016.

Judy–continues.  In researching Levi Strauss & Company, I learned their issues of desegregation, equal rights, sustainability, and other important social events were topics my student would find relevant and engrossing.  

Their example being first in many social awareness issues gives evidence that the icon, Levi Strauss, maker of the first 501 Levi jeans for men, is still, in spirit, with the same example of his business acuity, honesty, and hard work

He was generous with his charity and in fact. he was known for his philanthropy.   The Levi Strauss & Co has also donated lots of money to various charities with the real idea of helping.  

And when the history lesson comes to the turbulent times of the 1950’s and the 1960’s there will be a variety of research findings.  

Individuals and companies did their share of the issues of those nervous times and sometimes violent times.  But I know that my experience with chopping cotton and relating it to the slaves will perk up and magnify their interest.

My students loved the 47-foot cowboy who Levi Strauss fitted with Levi jeans in 1960.  The next project will involve the production of the jeans from cotton fields to the distribution of the final product-Levi denim jeans.

The picture is owned by Angelica Paez.  Visit her on facebook and Ipernity.  You can see her works on Y Scrapatorium.   I am grateful for her generosity and loving concern for me.  Her artwork probably began as a young child, but she has been doing a particular style of art for twenty years.  I met her on a website called Ipernity. 

This story play is dedicated to Levi Strauss, Angelica Paez, and Tracey Panek of Levi Strauss & Co. from me, the writer, Judy Kingsberry and my dad’s cowboy seen here on this page, the 47-foot cowboy.
49 foot cowboy statue

THE END OF STORY Of the Drama written by Judy.

Please leave any comments or questions here.  Judy feels everyone is important.  That is the reason my motto is, “Everyone has a Story.” What is your story?   Are any of you familiar with chopping or picking cotton my hand?

If you had a company, what would your values be in the making of your product?  Please, I would like for you to give me feedback and critique about this story.   I would like to hear from all of you.

Maybe you can share a few Southern expressions or idioms of your own.  Perhaps, you may have a story to tell too.  You are my readers and hopefully, by reading this play and the page, 501 jeans, you will understand my love for 501 Levi original fit jeans.

Thank you!!   email comments, questions, and/or request to judy@findmejeans.com   Just leaving a comment is fine too.   Judy, owner of the Website, https://findmejeans.com   The title of my Website is 501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans.

If you leave this site, please remember that the big cowboy says, “Y’all come back when ya feel like it!  Here?”

 

Four easy ways to shrink your jeans

How to shrink your jeans in four easy ways. Try it; you may find them smaller before you know it!!

In the old days—the 1950’s my family washed cotton items but hung to clothes on a clothesline.  I learned that cotton denim does shrink to a certain degree.

You can find out how much by searching Google It is best to wait when you first buy your jeans until your new jeans get to know you.

Later you can make the decision to use these different ways to shrink your pair of Jeans if they are too large.  Just remember!

Jeans do not make you skinny

The spray and soak way—an easy way too.

Fill a spray bottle–any bottle will do if you can spray without dripping it all over the place.  The cork that held the bottle was too loose and I got a nice little shower.

“Use a fabric softener”, not one of the fabric sheets but the one with the liquid softener.      Put three parts water and one part of the liquid fabric softener.

This can be done with the 501 Levi jeans or any jeans that are too large.

I like to use the dark Woolite for the dark jeans, but I have nothing to substantiate my opinions about the best fabric softener to use. Use your better judgment.

The three parts water and one part fabric softener go into one spray bottle and do a little dance to shake well.   But the directions are not quite over;  shake it, shake it well.  Of course with the top on.  

And just forget about adding detergent.  Okay?   We are talking about shrinking your jeans; not washing them. 

Spray the part of your jeans you want to shrink.  Then soak the area you want to shrink using your diluted fabric softener.

Two words–SPRAY and SOAK.  Take your time!  I think of ‘SOAK’ as one would think of as a pair of diapers or sponge.  Really more than wet, right?

Spray lightly at first is to start it off.  Use your judgment here also.  If you need to shrink the area a lot in inches, you can always do it again.

It is like once, twice and three times a charm.  Please, make sure the entire part of the area is completely soaked. Wiki says the word, “douse”  the area.                                         shrinking belly

I like this way when the waist is not tight enough.  It has begun to stretch out way too much.  Spray the waistband in front and in back–all the way around in fact.

Careful now, we are still talking about the combined softener with the water solution. because this way is really helpful if the waistband has begun to stretch out.

Again, make sure the waist is completely soaked in the water and softener combination.   There is a reminder to go slowly to shrink the waist as much as you need; not more.

This way works with the top part of the jeans need to shrink a little too.

Now put, throw or pass your jeans in the dryer.  With my dryer, I have to go and turn it around on high periodically to keep it  on the highest setting possible.

I think it helps to know the workings of your dryer, but if you have to go to the laundry mat, their dryers usually stay hot for a longer time.  It is the way of the dryer.

“Remember to use the most intense settings possible.”                                                 dry in hot heat to shrinkThe high heat should cause the soaked jeans to shrink.    I was thinking waist but anywhere you have sprayed and soaked the area will need watching.  

Be serious–that is the way to be.  You must be sure to take out your jeans as soon as they are dry.    

Air drying will not work.   It is the wrong way.   I use the heat cycle.   I always thought air drying was the way to go on a beautiful breezy day.   What do you think?                                         

Repeat as needed.   If the area does not shrink as much as you would like in your judgment the way to do it is spray and soak the area again.

The short way to remember this is to spray, soak and apply more of your fabric softener solution and try and try again.

Combinations of words help me remember; spray, soak and apply/dry.

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The Way of the Bath             

That should do it.  If you do not like this way, the next way is to do the hot bathtub solution.  Aha, this is a way to do it and at the same time have a restful way.  

I like to read and reading in the bathtub even with your jeans should make your muscles relax and the jeans to shrink.

Here is what to do and if you like to soak in the bathtub, then this is the way to go.  It also is the one to use if you are not planning to go anywhere.

Why?  Because you want your dream jeans to dry while on your body and before you take them off.

  1. if you need your entire jeans to shrink.  Maybe read a little and drink some tea or coffee.  If you want to snack in the tub, be careful to get your jeans soaked.
  2. Fill the bathtub with very hot water; at least as hot as you can stand it.
  3. keep testing the water.  Just with brushing your hand through the water.   Too hot?  Well, you know what to do.  But when you do add some cool water, keep adjusting to seeing that it will be hot when you go in the tub.
  4. Carefully slide in the tub or stand in it and slide in slowly.  Remember it is hot.
  5. Stay in the bathtub for at least 20 minutes.  Keep adding some hot water if it gets too cold.   This might be a way to lose some weight. Ya think?
  6. When you get out of the bathtub, dry off just a little.   Enough so you do not ruin the carpet or slip on the floor.
  7. Go outside if it is a sunny day.   Sit on a plastic chair, not one of the cushion chairs.

When sitting or lying down, move around so that your jeans dry at the same time.

If you have to do it in the house.  Sit on a plastic chair or just walk around as little as possible.

If you have just the top part of your jeans to dry, try this next method.  Now it is more dangerous to get yourself burned, so pay attention to the directions.

Buy!  I think I will go and take a long bath now.  The little girl says after your jeans are dry.  “You look nice and the jeans look good on you.

sweet smiling girl

 

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The Boiling Way

1.   Turn your jeans inside-out.  That is an expression all of us is familiar with when told you can not put your arm through your sleeve.  

Or, in this case, to turn your jeans inside-out.  Doing it this way with the jeans inside-out will prepare the jeans to soak correctly.      

                                                                       accessed from the website  http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016 

This step is especially necessary if shrinking new jeans with a fairly dark wash.   If working with a pair of light wash jeans or an old pair of jeans that have already faded, you might not need to turn your jeans inside-out and can skip this step.  

But if you want to be completely sure turn the pair inside out.   

2.  Boil water 3/4 full in a large stockpot and get a pair of tongs to lift your jeans up and to lift the jeans in the boiling water.  

Fill the large stockpot of water halfway to three-quarters full of ordinary tap water.   Set it on the stove and bring it up to a full, rolling boil using high heat.

The pot needs to be full enough to immerse the jeans.    

                                                                                     cauldron-161102_640-1     

3,   Dunk your jeans in the boiling water.   Use tongs to put the jeans in the boiling water.   Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes as the water continues to boil.   Do not cover the stockpot as it continues to boil and soak your jeans.”      

 Check periodically to make sure the fabric stays completely under water and if need be, push the jeans under the water from time to time using your tongs.   I keep repeating myself about the tongs but do not want anyone to get themselves burned accidentally.

4.   Dry your jeans in the dryer.   Common sense tells you that you need a large pan or some item to put the hot wet jeans to carry them to the dryer.

I have not had to use this way but am sure you can find a container to take the jeans to your dryer.

So the directions for this step:  Remove your jeans from the boiling water and take them to the dryer immediately.

[Turn the dryer to the highest heat setting possible and dry your jeans completely.  Please do not dry too long.]      

           [The intense heat of the dryer will further tighten the fibers already tightened by the hot bubbling hot water from               the                            stockpot.]

Make sure you use the tongs to handle the jeans since they will be very hot.  (When you get as old as I am you will repeat directions several times.  ugh! )  

Let me know how this turned out for you!   Any problems?  Email me at judy@findmejeans.com

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The ironing way

Wash your jeans in hot water either by your washing machine or by boiling them.

Using your washing machine will allow you wash your jeans as you shrink them while boiling your jeans is faster.      http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016) 

The boiling method is also slightly more flexible.   If you wanted to shrink just a portion of your jeans, like the waistband or your legs, you could put under only that part into the boiling water.  

Hold in place using the tongs.          

If using the washing machine method, add detergent as usual with a little liquid fabric softener.  Dark Woolite is good for dark jeans in my opinion.  

                                                              wash-268090_640Make sure the water is hot for either method.      

Put your jeans into the dryer and dry them until they are damp, but not soaked.   Set the dryer on the highest heat setting.

This is especially important if you used the boiling water or if the washing machine did not put your jeans through the spin cycle.            

Your jeans must be still wet, but not dripping wet.  You could spin them in the washing machine until dry enough to put in the dryer. Spin a little; not let it rain.

Iron the jeans until dry.   Place you damp jeans on the ironing board and iron your jeans until dry.   Use a moderate heating setting.

This may not shrink the jeans as much as the other ways Wiki how described but it can be effective if you only need a slight adjustment.”    http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016)  

 My favorite way is shown here.   I will give you advice on the Product Review from the page above in order to share and avoid a negative result with hanging jeans on the clothesline or with any other possible ones. 501 Levi jeans are an investment in good fashion.

jeans drying on a clothesline

How to wash jeans-label and tips

      BASIC WAY TO CLEAN YOUR DENIM JEANS 

  • READ LABEL FOR CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS for your 501 Levi Denim jeans and for tall and big, original and regular sizes.

  • The number one recommendations are to never wash your jeans or else wash then every 6 months.  (It all depends on the type of exposure you have when wearing your jeans.

  • If for example, you work outside in yard work, then probably you will need to wash your jeans.  I say to have an old pair to do this kind of work and have other pairs for extended wear.

  • Use common sense.  If you get frustrated or whatever, contact me by email with the comment box.   Various methods are added in the posts concerning the care of your jeans.)

To wash your jeans, turn jeans inside out.  ( Wash only dark jeans with other dark jeans, but use just a few together.

This is not the case with lighter colors because dark colors will more than likely fade on other light-colored jeans.)

Well here is my advice using other website and experience using common sense.

Use detergent made specifically for washing jeans or a color protection detergent.    If you like Woolite, make sure it says on the bottle “dark”  There are others you may want to use that I have included below with a link to your convenience.  Any laundry soap you use, be careful and read the label.

You do not need a lot of laundry soap.  It all depends on how dirty your jeans are, and the more you use, the longer the rinse cycle.  

This is advice that is useful for sheets, for example, if you wash them often.  I use less than what the label says because I clean them often and they are not that dirty. 

  •        Select the coldest gentle cycle to wash.  Many times the directions say to wash in warm water!

  •       Wash on gentle cycle for a couple of minutes.  May move the jeans with your hands also.  Then rinse and spin to wring out excess water.  Use common sense.   If you have the gentle cycle on your washing machine, so much the better.  

My advice is to not even wash your jeans unless they are dirty.   Again use common sense.   Jeans can stay clean, but they may smell.   Then that is a reason to clean your jeans.

 But like I said, if they are very dirty, then I would probably wash the jeans in a short warm cycle.

  •           Hang jeans on a line in your home if you do not have a dryer or the dryer you have does not have a delicate cycle or that is your decision.is not advisable to use.   It is better to hang the jeans near a window until dry.

  •           If the outside is cool, hang your jeans on a clothesline.   Or if warm outside, do not leave your jeans too long.  Allow them to drip- dry for 1 or 2 hours.  Put the damp jeans

    then on the line in your home.

  •          REMEMBERWait for the sun to go down  (one or two hours before sunset) to hang jeans on a clothesline under a tree or in a cool shade.

    jeans getting dry on a clothes line

  • If this is not possible, then hang jeans on a clothesline in the shaded area in your home until the jeans are completely dry.
         
  •           Fold jeans and put them on a shelf or drawer with enough space to accommodate them.

That’s all folks.  I just want to make one point.  If you do want to put your jeans in the dryer, you can take them out at any point, but do not completely dry them, because they will wrinkle and possible shrink just a little.  Just use common sense.

Like the rest of the post, I have my email and a comment box.  I put these there so I can get some feedback.  Oh yes, you can find my website by searching:  https://findmejeans.com

When my website comes on, then press search on the right side of the list of the posts and you will find the post, ‘How to Wash Your Jeans.’    That is important because the post is not listed.

You have to write in the search box above the list of posts or just press search which is a lot simpler.

There is a song that goes like this.

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