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got it! that's very helpful, thanks. I'm starting to get the bug! I got excited when I found this pair in my garage. I'll keep them in the box next to those other 501s you helped me with.

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Hey all, thought I'd share this pair of late 60s - early 70s 501's with you. I found them some months ago and sorta forgot about them in my storage for a while. I think they're a near pristine pair of route 66, but open to opinions;)














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The red tab has writing on both sides, a detail I forgot to photo.

The denim is very hairy and rigid. Not sure the selvedge detail comes out in the photo but it has a faint red (pink) line. 



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Bravo trapp! Wonderful find, they look great. Are you planning to wear them?
Helixing my inner beanie
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Thanks for putting the photos up Todd, as you have already deducted, Big E 'S' type 501's from circa 1970-1971, and the second in the 'route 66' model (earlier model had V stitch '68-'69)
Condition is absolutely mint and as maynard has pointed out, what a wonderful find!
Can't see from the pics but does it have any kind of pocket stamping/print?

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Thanks fellas! 

Excited to have found a pair of Levi's made before I was :)

Maynard, I won't be wearing them. They're at least 3 sizes too big for me in the waist. 

Doc, thanks for the confirmation. As for the pocket bags, no, there is no stamp and it does not appear there ever was a stamp. They're bone white all over with a slight bit of indigo rub off. What would the stamp imply?

Also, I didn't mention that there are no care tags.






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Good stuff.
The care tag, usually marked SF 207 on one side, didn't appear until around 1973. The pocket-bags on 501's made post-war right up until the early 1970's, sometimes had number-stamping but it was quite random. Look at Flash's deadstock pair on the Levis 1860-1960's thread (page 107) for example. There is, as yet, no known reason for this stamping.
The other stamping, mentioned on page 1 of this thread, was the first (printed) washing instructions that Levis introduced. This was a short lived detail that pre-dated the care wash tag.

These jeans are tagged 36x30, do they measure that to the inch?
When soaked they will measure 35x29, and after a few trips through the washer, will end up around 34.5 x 27.5".



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Great info there, thx.

The waist measures 35 and the inseam come in at a bit over 28. Hard to say for sure, but my sense is that they've been soaked, perhaps washed, and maybe the inseam was hemmed an inch. They don't seem to have been washed enough for the inseam to shrink up to 28.25 or so on their own. This guess work, of course. 
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Probably been soaked then, as the hem looks original.
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