May 20, 1873: Blue Jeans Patent Granted


Blue jeans long predated the granting of the patent on May 20, 1873 to Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, the name being commonly associated with clothes made from denim or dungaree.  Davis, an immigrant Jewish tailor from Russia hit upon the idea of using copper rivets to strengthen the blue jean trousers he made.  He offered a partnership in his idea to the man who supplied fabric to him, Levi Strauss, a Jewish immigrant from Germany, in exchange for Strauss fronting the money for the patent application.  The new blue jeans quickly became popular for their sturdiness among the majority of American men who engaged in manual labor.  Jeans as a fashion statement would not take place until the 1950s.  One wonders what Davis and Strauss would have made of that bizarre turn in events!

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