Oldest surviving pair of Levis jeans, 1879. Found in a goldmine 136 years later.

  1. If Brent from Ghost Town Living on youtube can be believed, this pair of jeans is probably worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  2. Was looking for this comment. Couldn’t remember his name tho but I’ve been following his journey on and off since day 1.

  3. Just showed my coworker this pic and he’s an ex coal miner from West Virginia and that’s the first thing he said haha. “Damn if those are real they’re worth a fuck ton”

  4. Can you imagine if someone went back and told this guy who owned those jeans that in the future they would be worth probably far more than the fortune he was after? The irony

  5. Isn't that the guy who posts like once every few months talking about trying to turn an old ghost town into some kind of resort even though it's in the middle of nowhere and it's kind of questionable whether he's done remotely any of the actual work necessary?

  6. I wonder if people alive 136 years ago would be surprised to see completely unaltered fasion from their time, being worn today.

  7. Except for that crotch rivet. They removed that after complaints when people would burn their junk when they stood up after it was heated on the campfire they were tending.

  8. Denim is remarkably consistent in appearance, but flip those puppies over and you'll see they've only got one back pocket, they have suspender buttons, they have a waist adjusting cinch, etc. The front happens to disguise a lot of the functional differences between the original 1873 version and the modern 5-pocket jean. Source:

  9. There is one notable difference. Legend has it that the one significant design change was that after sitting around a campfire one night, the founder of Levi's decided to remove the mid crotch rivet.

  10. Depending on the size and depth of the mine, the miners would sometimes make small camps inside the mine with food, clothes, a couple cots or sleeping bags, etc. It's also possible they were found still on the owner but the skeletal remains are elsewhere.

  11. Back in the days from what I read they actually went over a person's clothing and they were borrowed from the mining company. When they were done with their shift they would leave them down there for the next worker that could use them. They weren't the primary article of clothing but protective clothing that went over their own layers so if they took them off they weren't necessarily in their skivvies.

  12. If I recall this story correctly they were communal work jeans that were basically left at the actual worksite for the people who were on shift. Once your shift was over, you put on your clothes

  13. In the UK coal mine conditions were so inhumane men women & children would have to work in the nude to endure the hot cramped tunnels.

  14. Jeans were typically owned by the mines. The miners would go to the mines, get the jeans for the day, and then change into them and use them as an outerwear. Once they are done with their shift, they change back to their normal close and then leave the mine. Keep in mind that these mines are typically in the middle of nowhere even today (100+ miles from any town), and very often thousands of feet up in the mountains. If a mine goes bust, the owners take what they can to recoup cost but a lot of the stuff stays.

  15. Why does my mind scream…how do we know they’re HIS jeans? Mile high for some, mile lo for others I can imagine. WTH is wrong with me?

  16. I like to think he had an epic shart, changed his pants when no one was watching and stuffed these shit riddled jeans in a corner hoping no one would find them .

  17. They’re archival nylon gloves meant to absorb oils from your hand so as to preserve the item being handled (photos, sensitive minerals, antique miner’s jeans)

  18. Cotton gloves don't stretch and get their shape back like rubber or nitrile gloves do. They can fall off pretty easily (I would have pulled up the one a bit for the photo though).

  19. I was thinking the other day about the first person to wear their jeans outside the context of working in a mine. “Jethro! But those be your work dungarees!”

  20. Not necessarily, in some states it’s perfectly legal as long as the miner is at least 16’ below ground

  21. Jeans were expensive, they probably leave them there for the next shift. What's strange is how did mine shutdown and left them all there - It probably was a secluded area and the Mining Company didn't collect those.

  22. Iirc, there was a fire in a Levi building that burned all the designs, drawings, and inventory of all their pants. They had to rebuild their info from scratch, pants from before that fire are worth a lot, as there may be little to no evidence on how to remake them. This is why Levis buys old pants. Old pants can be worth a LOT.

  23. Seems like a stretch. Unless all the factory workers also all died (multiple shifts I imagine), seems like they could have easily sourced designs from them if they wanted (or reverse engineered from jeans they were probably wearing themselves). Assuming it's the 1906 fire, I'm sure any previous originals are ridiculously valuable to collectors, but I can't find anything that says Levi's will purchase old jeans for more than $35 (to resell at a nice profit @ $100+ via levi.com). (except for a pair they bought in '97 for $25k)

  24. Lol I know you’re joking, but I honestly did kind of have a moment where I thought “Gee, I never considered that people wore jeans that long ago”. And you’re right, it’s probably because the images I’ve seen from back then aren’t in color so it never clicked in my head that those were blue jeans!

  25. It gets hot down there and they use to take their clothes off in the mine so they wouldnt get them soaked in sweat while they worked.

  26. It was 100% cotton, no stretch and initially "raw" ie. it wasn't prewashed. Google raw denim for more info. There still are a lot of modern brands making denim the old school way.

  27. God I hate that stretchy shit jeans are made out of now. Even the Levi’s I bought a few years ago weren’t real denim. Sucks super hard bc I have thunder thighs and I constantly wear down the material until there’s holes in them.

  28. “Where’s your pants brother?” “I shit them and left them back in that abandoned offshoot” 136 years later…

  29. Best I can do is 3.50. These really aren’t as rare as everyone thinks they are. They literally made tens of thousands of these things

  30. Trivia: The first jeans weren't actually blue. Levi Strauss chose to start dying them and chose blue simply because it was cheapest color to find at the time. Strauss' first jeans were canvas rather than denim, he started making them out of denim and dyed them blue only a few years before this pair were made, and started putting horse rein rivets on the corners of the pockets because the weight of the gold nuggets/dust they were carrying on them at all times.Also, the old Levi's factory in San Francisco is now an incredibly expensive pre-school (I live a block from it)

  31. I remember when they were made in the U.S.A......textiles went with the FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, as well as quality made furniture.

  32. No one is asking why there's a pair of jeans found in a goldmine? Did one of the miners get drunk and strip down naked, running out?

  33. Were they taken off a skeleton. If not why did someone take off their pants in a mine. Gives a whole new perspective on humping for the gold.

  34. One thing I heard is that rivet at the bottom of the crotch was removed in later versions, because people would kneel over a campfire to get it lit and then stand up and get burned by that hot rivet.

  35. At that point are the white gloves really necessary? Those jeans look brand new, they can clearly handle the elements

  36. I see no difference between it and a modern Levi. That motherfucker created a timeless durable pair of pantaloons.

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