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I figured I'd just post the photos I have :) thank you so much for your help!!
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Hi Angela, really nice photos btw!

These Levis are in incredible condition and look like a ladies cut imo. This is due to the outseam which is overlocked (?)
The letter K usually indicates c.1960-65/66 as you indicated, but the blank hidden rivets (along with copper-backed front-pocket rivets) leads me to believe they are late 1950's. Also the chainstitched waistband is orange, whereas '60-65/66 they used a distinct yellow thread. So ladies 701's from the late 1950's is my best guess.

As this thread is for the 501 model only, would you mind posting your photos in the levis 1870-1960's thread, under denim research?

Thanks again for sharing.

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Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

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Not are that I have even begun to attempt the 1947-1959 section on this thread yet, and I dont have any photos to prove it, 
BUT .... I have now seen models made between 1947-1951 with the numbers 14 and 16 stamped on the reverse of the waistband buttons, meaning there was at least one factory with codes as early as 1948! 

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Been researching Levis factories, in the hope of finding further clues to the numbers/ letters stamped on the reverse of waistband buttons.
So far there only seems to be 2 Levis manufacturing plants up until 1948 (SF, Cal. and Frankfort, lndiana), so that could tie in with the above.
Trouble is that by 1964 there are another 14 plants operating (and by 1974, there are 63 plants in the US !!) so it nigh on impossible to really find out about the numbering of post-'64 501xx's




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DR Heech! Stumbled across this brilliant post whilst researching transitional 501 models. It's way harder to thrift any decent Americana here in the UK but I've been looking at a pair for sale in the US. Any info regarding date on this pair would be much appreciated! Tried to resize the images but not sure how Dead

The seller told me the selvedge has been cut off when the jeans were altered, that the red tab has LEVIS printed on both sides and that the arcuate "appears to be single needle stitches". 










I can request more pics if necessary :)
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Karrimor.

Late 1950's (so roughly 1956-1959) going by the details you've provided.

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Thought I’d post some recent acquisitions to this thread for you guys to check out. I am happy to post more pics/details for anyone that is interested in seeing detail variations over the years. All 4 are big E and as you can see, in various stages of wear. I’m thinking the bottom right one is the oldest of the group. It has lemon yellow thread throughout and orange thread on the pocket bartack but maybe what I’m seeing as yellow thread everywhere is just faded orange thread. Anyway, though I’d share and let me know if anyone would like to see any more photos


Edit: didn’t realize the title of the thread was strictly for 501’s. Oops.

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