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The lowdown on Levi's

Oklahoman Published: July 13, 2003

Levi Strauss & Co. created the first blue jeans in 1873.

The first pair of Levi's cost $6 and was paid for in gold dust.

In 1890, the lot number "501" was assigned to Levi's waist overalls.

Lady Levi's were introduced in 1935.

The rivets on the back pockets were covered in 1937 because people complained they scratched saddles, car hoods and school desks. They were completely removed in 1966 and replaced with a new, reinforced stitching technique.

In 1964, a pair of Levi's jeans became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Time magazine's millennium issue named Levi's 501 jeans the best fashion of the 20th century, beating out the miniskirt and the little black dress.

A typical pair of Levi's 501 jeans takes roughly 1 3/4 yards of denim, 213 yards of thread, five buttons and six rivets.

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