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    Posted: 29 Dec 2013 at 2:13pm
I ran across a reference in a book written around 1970 to "Frisco Jeans." Was that a brand of denim jeans like Lee or Wrangler? There doesn't seem to have been any mention of it here, at least within the last year. I don't believe I've seen any definitive reference to them anywhere.
 
Or was it a slang term or informal name for another brand?  The writer, by the way, was photographed wearing one of those white caps supposedly favored by dock workers on the West Coast (and which I passed up a chance to buy when we were in San Francisco a few years ago).
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I bet there were a million brands trying to break into the biz.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sansome Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Dec 2013 at 9:12pm
If I remember correctly- In Paul T's book he talks about people calling Heynemann's jeans in the 1920's Frisco jeans- No doubt being a reference to them being made in San Francisco?
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Lee black 'Frisco' jeans were a product from the 1930's until the 1970's IIRC.
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Frisco Jeans were worn by the members of the Sailor's Union of the Pacific (SUP) along with a white small peaked cap, called a Lundeberg Stetson after a Harry Lundeberg the legendary union president.
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sailor jerry wore the black ones, according to mike malone he wore them alot

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I was in the Seafares International union training school in 1965. Frisco jeans were issued as our uniform pants. They were heavy and black. Wore them for many years before my brother approiated them and also wore for many years. They are very collectable now.
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Interesting stuff, you guys^^^
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When I worked a summer as a logger in 1980, I had five pairs of Frisco Lee Boot Jeans. One for each day of the work week. They were very rugged with a tight crosshatch weave. They were a strong poly-cotton shrink-free blend. Great for the job, as they didn't chafe as much as regular blue jeans would. 

You'd sit on a log and rest your chainsaw on your lap, while you refueled it with 25:1 mixed gas and SAE 40 bar oil dripping on your pants. I'd throw them into the machine at the Forks laundromat once a week and they'd come out clean and a bit softer each time.

I wore them for a decade out of the woods, before my waist expanded too much. 
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