Siam: Kenneth on the First Time He Used a Bathing Cloth

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Siam: Kenneth on the First Time He Used a Bathing Cloth


Kenneth tells of the first time he ever used a bathing cloth. It was on one of his earliest tours, in 1928, and Kenneth wanted to take an evening bath—rather than just throw water over himself at the Chinese hotel. So Kenneth set out with his bathing cloth clutched around him and with a dipper in hand. He had never done this before. Eventually, he learned to put the bathing cloth on, but he inadvertently stepped on his soap and lost his balance and his bathing cloth. Quite a number of the villagers were laughing. Kenneth managed to recover the cloth and tried to put it back on, but in his confusion, he couldn't tie the cloth back on, and finally, he just fled down the road toward the hotel "flying this cloth over my head."


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)


January 1, 1928


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Over a course of 13 years Kip Landon (Kenneth Landon Jr.) began recording stories from his parents, Margaret and Kenneth Landon, resulting in 95 hours of recordings. Beginning on July 20, 1976, recording finished in June, 1978. The project resumed again in 1982 for a few months. After a long break, the third recording period began in 1988 and concluded in March 1989.

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Kenneth Landon (1903-1993)



Sound File Location

Box 78: Item 1: Oral History: "The Landon Chronicles" Tapes 55-60

Clip Location

Hour 57, clip 13


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993) , “Siam: Kenneth on the First Time He Used a Bathing Cloth,” Digital Exhibits of Wheaton College, accessed October 28, 2020,