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ACL just posted a fascinating talk with Levi’s archivist Lynn Downey that drops the following gems:

1) If this pair (dated between 1901 and 1922) is typical, styles have changed very little in the past 80 years. There’s the same coin pocket and, surprisingly enough, the same recently resurgent button-fly rivets. We hadn’t been thinking of that as a historical nod…but apparently we were wrong.

2) If you’ve got a pair of jeans with more than a century of wear in them, you may be able to sell them to Big Denim for some serious money. $46,532 is the most they’ve ever paid, but that’s nothing a little aggressive negotiation can’t solve. It’s time to start digging through great-grandpa’s wardrobe.

—R.B.

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