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From: John Zimmerman <>
Subject: Re: [CON] National Dress.
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 22:24:45 -0700
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Joan and All,
You can read a very detailed history of the origin of Jeans at:
Unfortunately there's no mention of Cornish miners, but the Nevada
tailor, Jacob DAVIS, is given full credit for his part in their
invention and is co-holder of the patent, along with Levi Strauss.
Researching: B U T L E R - B U Z Z A - D A V I S - H E S S O N
Ignorance is its own reward
Joan in Colorado wrote:
> I believe it was Warren and Pat who mentioned jeans and t-shirts as
> Australian national costume and this would be most appropriate as the
> Cornish miners may have invented jeans. Several years ago I went to the
> small mining town of Virginia City and it was mentioned on the tour that the
> Cornish miners there originally wore plain canvas trousers to work, which
> were made by a local tailor. They were not very convenient and they asked
> the tailor to put some pockets in the back where they could carry small
> tools and to add some metal rivets to strengthen the pocket and other
> stress points in the seams. He did as they asked and what we know as jeans
> were born. Then a gentleman called Levi Strauss visited Virginia City, saw
> what the Cornish miners were wearing and took the idea back to San Francisco
> where he produced similar trousers for the miners of the Gold Rush. He
> eventually found a better material from France known as 'genes' which in
> America became spelled as 'Jeans".
> I don't know how accurate the story is, but I definitely believe it!
> Best wishes, Joan
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