Ah, it’s Friday and a long holiday weekend awaits.
Ready to relax, barbecue, golf, or simply revel at having survived another winter? More than likely the majority of you will be (or already are) casually dressed in jeans that are complete with a tiny little front pocket. Although not large enough to hold anything more than a piece of gum or bite-sized candy, it turns out that little patch of denim was originally a place to store your watch.
According to a thread in an online forum, the pocket’s purpose is being debated.
However, back in the 1800s, cowboys wore their watches on chains and stuck them in those little pant pouches. How is this known? Denim maker Levi Strauss confirmed it in a blog post. Reading that post, you’ll learn the first-ever pair of blue jeans were made with four pockets including the tiny one for a watch.
While most of us don’t put a tiny watch in the pocket, that doesn’t mean we don’t use it. Levi admits the extra pouch has taken on a variety of functions including the “frontier pocket, condom pocket, coin pocket, match pocket and ticket pocket.”
Now that the tiny pocket’s purpose has been settled, who knew rough, tough cowboys needed a watch?
Happy summertime. And thank you for seizing daisies this week.