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Jeans of the Old West: A History: Michael Allen Harris

Base Price:£30.00
Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order


• Foreword

• Introduction

• The Early Clothing Industry of San Francisco

• The Inventors and Manufacturers of Strengthened Work Pants

• Pre-1873 Work Pants

• Post-1890 Work Pants

• Additional Nineteenth-Century Clothing Items from the Old West

• Denim Manufacturing & Wear Patterns of Late Nineteenth-Century Jeans

• Late 1800s Items from the Old West

• Conclusion

• References

In the late 1800s, blue jeans, which are still popular today, found their origins in the Old West frontier of San Francisco. Levi denim, over 120 years old, was worn in the frontier communities of Nevada and California, along with antique "Miner's denim" that can now be seen in never-before-seen pictures gathered from collections worldwide. Other brands such as Greenbaum Brothers, Neustadter Brothers, S.R. Krouse, A.B. Elfelt & Co., Heynemann & Co., Harman Adams, W. & I Steinhart & Co., Toklas, Brown, & Co., Yung Chow, and others contributed to the development of blue jeans by using this strong, durable fabric. To circumvent the rivet patent of Levi Strauss and avoid patent infringements, these lesser-known brands designed jeans with innovative approaches. However, many of these unique blue jeans designs were lost in history until now. This book provides an extensive exploration of the era of Old West denim, featuring over three hundred color photos and illustrations showcasing previously unseen examples, patent drawings, and manufacturer histories. Fashion historians and collectors alike will find this invaluable information.

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.23 x 2.54 x 27.94 cm