Jeans of the Old West
by Michael Harris (9780764335006)

Jeans of the Old West
Michael Harris
Release Date: 20 July 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 191
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 9780764335006
ISBN-10: 0764335006

The still popular blue jeans have their origins in the Old West frontier of San Francisco in the late 1800s. Gathered from collections around the world, here are never-before-seen pictures of antique Miners denim worn in the frontier communities of Nevada and California, including Levi denim that is over 120 years old. Over a dozen other brands that used this strong, durable fabric, and helped make blue jeans what they are today include 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. To avoid patent infringements, these other, little-known brands designed jeans that found a way around the rivet patent of Levi Strauss. Many of these innovative blue jeans designs have been lost in the dust of history and were inaccessible to the public until now. This book offers an extensive look at the whole era of Old West denim. Over three hundred colour photos and illustrations chronicle never-before-seen examples, patent drawings, and the histories of the manufacturers. This is invaluable information for fashion historians and collectors alike. AUTHOR: Michael Harris is a denim archaeologist, seeking out examples of vintage jeans wherever he can find them. SELLING POINTS: The story of early blue jean development in the Old West Includes traditional riveted designs plus newly rediscovered non-riveted denim designs Rare pictures of 120 year-old jeans, including Levis & lesser known manufacturers ILLUSTRATIONS 300 colour photographs *

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