Tag Archives: 1930’s

What’s a Diddie ?


This one I made more than a year ago and wasn’t sure to let it see the light. Made it with old photographs and film dating from 1940 – 50’s.
Did it for fun and the exploration of old media.

Here are the lyrics to the song that inspired this work:
There’s a great big mystery, and it sure is worrying me
This Diddie Wa Diddie
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means
The little girl about four feet four, come on papa and give me some more,
of your Diddie Wa Diddie, your Diddie Wa Diddie
I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means
I went around and walked around, somebody yelled, said, “Look who’s in town”
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means
Went to church, put my hand on the seat, lady sat on it said, “Daddy, you sure is sweet”
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means
I said, “Sister, I’ll soon be gone, just gimme that thing you sitting on”
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means
Then I got put out of church, ’cause I talk about Diddie Wa Diddie too much
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
Mister Diddie Wa Diddie
I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means.
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Enjoy the show,
Leo

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Real U.S.A. – Don’t You Run



The making of a video based on a series of candid portraits from the 1930’s.

I fell in love with a series of archived films from the Ivan Besse collection, that depicted common folk being filmed candidly as they passed by through downtown Britton, South Dakota.
The photogapher/camera man was positioned across the Strand Cinema (a relic still today), where he worked as projectionist. When done filming for the day, he would show the clips at the cinema as a preview before the real movie.

At first it was difficult to conceive a way to present the short edits I had extracted from more than 6 hours of film. I finally decided on doing it as a documentary of portraits with a theme. The music did it, and inspired me. From then on it was a pleasure to construct it.

Real U.S.A. (Don’t You Run) from Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION .

Enjoy!