According to a new book, Jeans: A Cultural History Of An American Icon (Gotham Books), the original blue jeans sold by the Levi Strauss Company featured a metal rivet right in the crotch area.
The rivet was a crucial part of the jeans until the 1930s when company president Walter Haas, Sr., stood too close to a fire while on a camping trip and quickly discovered the rivet was, unfortunately, a good conductor of heat.
Other blue jean bits from the book:
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