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Thankyou Mr Dale, glad you are enjoying it so far. Just a start for now, will be adding and updating as time goes on - and l will be featuring that pair l bought from you when l have the time :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Majormajor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Dec 2015 at 3:54am
Excellent reading.
 
I bought my first pair of 501s in 1965, when Levis were first becoming officially available to buy in the UK (apart from specialist shops in London who, I guess, were getting them direct from the US).
 
We had to go to Sheffield to buy ours, as it was the only Yorkshire city to have them.
 
All the jeans we bought (I guess there were about 30 of us from my town who bought them in '65) were without the hidden rivet, so perhaps they were an export specification?
 
 
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I would say that yours were the first without the hidden rivets, Major.

Dont forget (exports aside) that there were at least a handfull of factories making the 501in the 1960's. There are many transitional phases, where some new manufacturing innovations/design features take time to be adopted by every factory.
Between 1965- 1966 the were two versions of the 501 (one with hidden rivets, the other without) and four or five variations in patch.

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Dr_Heech, thank you so much for your time and effort here.  This is fantastic knowledge and I appreciate you sharing.
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No problem Haler, you are very welcome (gotta keep thrifting if the opportunity arises!) - l hope it will be of some benefit.
Should have the other sections up and going when time permits. Although being old school, for me it gets less interesting when researching past 1980.
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0117 : un-sanforized
0217: sanforized

I've seen other 4 digit codes - I thin 1118 might be acid wash ?

You see the 0217 a lot on elephant Bells and the orange tab range

Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

... will  be featuring that pair l bought from you when l have the time :)

I'd almost forgotten them!  


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..And 0217 on 70505 jackets and 505 jeans. Thanks Bob, just the 0117 we're interested in here!
All the elephant bells/orange tab/acid-wash discussions belong to some other thread

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Bob Dale Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Dec 2015 at 8:29pm
Found these 501s at a local thrift  today -- based upon this thread, I am thinking 1967ish possibly?



Forgive the wonky-ness of some of the pictures above, but i set up a photobucket and jumped through all the hoops so (hopefully) in 8 months my links won't be broken :) 
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Great find Bob!
Looks like a pair of 501 'E' "66" or possibly 501 'A' model. Underlined #6, big E and v stitch -around 1969 l would guess.
Do they have evidence of a printed pocket bag?
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