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These would be post-Bluebell, the little tag shadow on the yoke seam came in around 68. Think Wrangler dropped the Bluebell in 1964? I'm sure there are other members here with more expertise. 

(I have some denim books/mags with all the info somewhere)

 

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Yea I figured post bluebell so late 60s but the little square tag has been completely washed away. It’s totally blank. Haha 

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I bought these Lee 200 (dry rigid) in 1975 in Italy, they were deadstock in sale as out of fashion in that period of bell bottom jeans, so I suppose they were from late60s-early 70s european production (made in belgium in the label). They don't have a selvage, when did Lee stop to make selvage jeans?

 

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I had always assumed that the only military clothing Levi's ever made was the cold weather parkas for I think ( ?????) The Alaskan national guard bit I seen this in a lightning mag 

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Seems it may have only been a sample though going by the translated text below 

 

The US Army is famous for its pullover denim utility jacket. It is assumed that this is a sample produced by Levi's. Originally, the U.S.ARMY metal button has a white stitch, but the same color as the fabric is used.

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got this from Mike Harris to patch my mister freedom jeans. 
no real idea on what it is but it’s old! Haha 

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Nice. I too have some denim and other material scraps form Mike, from when he launched the book.

One piece is from a pair of 1900's 201's.

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On 4/30/2020 at 4:52 PM, ecsong187 said:

The least loved of the big 3. At least on this forum. 
Wrangler will always be my favorite. Comes from spending time on my grandparent’s orchard and watching my grandpa starch his wranglers each day. He was a real cowboy and lived the lifestyle. 
These are late 60s or early 70s wranglers can’t tell if they’re bluebell because the tag is completely worn off.  

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Great close-up of the broken twill Shredwin.

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@Maynard Friedman Broken Twill is my favorite denim. So tough. 
wish some higher end denim brands would embrace broken twill 

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I have a pair of Wrangler coveralls from the early 1970's which has that broken twill denim. It's tough like you said, similar to Lee's jelt denim.

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I have a question about this jacket. My uncle bought in Thailand in the early 70s. Apparently, it’s from Baron Tailors and obviously not Lee Brand. Just curious where the denim may have been sourced from? It appears to be selvedge and have some loom chatter on one of the arms. Thanks for any info. 

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