Lyndon Johnson’s 1955 Shopping Spree at Oviatt’s

Oviatt Jacket, Lyndon Jonson

I’m always looking for Oviatt items and here’s a jacket that has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at $149.99.

And not just any jacket. This one was tailored for future President Lyndon Johnson.


For the record: As Wayne Selover points out, the EBay listing took the LBJ Oviatt’s label from an online photo gallery. In other words, we were apparently quoting ourselves. Thanks, Wayne. We should read more closely even if it is Thanksgiving morning!


Nov. 28, 1955, Lyndon Johnson Visits L.A.
Nov. 28, 1955: Sen. Lyndon Johnson (D-Texas) visits Los Angeles to address a convention of hotel executives.

oviatt_jacket_lbj_2013_label Oviatt's, Jacket, Lyndon Johnson

And if you have a good memory, you may recall that this Oviatt’s jacket, also tailored for Johnson, was listed in 2008:

Oviatt Jacket, Lyndon Johnson
And this item sold for $900.

Oviatt's Label LBJ

A little scrounging in the Daily Mirror’s archives reveals that this jacket was from the same order. We can only wonder what other LBJ treasures from Oviatt’s are waiting to be discovered.

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3 Responses to Lyndon Johnson’s 1955 Shopping Spree at Oviatt’s

  1. Wayne Selover says:

    If you read the listing carefully, it says, “***HOW FINE WAS OVIATT’S CLOTHING NOTICE A SAMPLE TAG I FOUND IN THE GALLERY, THEY TAILORED SUITS FOR LYNDON B JOHNSON. YEAH, THE 36TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.***”

    That LBJ tag isn’t from this jacket… And I’m pretty sure he didn’t wear a 42 short.

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