|Red line selvedge jean stitching|
The "Red Line" is the red stitching on the inside of the the legs on the jeans going through the selvedge.
|Vintage LEVI'S Double Red Line Selvedge Jeans|
Selvedge is the woven edge of the material that was used to prevent unraveling. They have also been called "Red ears," which is derived from the Japanese word akaimimis.
How Old Are Your Levi 501 Jeans?
Red tab on right back pocket will read LEVI'S with Large "E" before 1971 and Levi's with small "e" after 1971.
|LEVI'S Big "E" Tag Pre 1971|
Before WWII jeans were called "Waist Overalls" and were more associated with work. After WWII they began to be viewed as leisure clothing. The American public began using the term "Jeans" instead of Waist Overalls during this time. In 1960 Levi Strauss & Co. started using "jeans" in their advertising.
The less expensive style Levi's 201 have blue stitch selvedge.
LEVI'S 501 Values
- $2285: Searching Ebay I find sales of up to $2285 for "Vintage 30's Big E red line cinch back Levis adolescent size." Auction ended January 15, 2017.
- $1010: On another pair in November, 2016 bidding started at $99 and went to over $1000 on a seven day auction for "Vintage S 501xx LEVIS BIG E Selvedge Red lines Denim Jeans 31x31."