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Descriptions-What is it all about?

The table of contents is a list of all the pages and posts with a brief summary or synopsis to help visitors navigate with ease to interesting sites from my website.  The main site is about the 501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans for men or   But the stories are captivating.  A helpful guide: The top of my Website consists of all the Pages.  On the right Press, the red |search| bar to find the list of All  Posts.  What’s it all about?

saying about table of contents, tags are keywords

It is my hope that, in time, you will read all my pages and posts.   They are long but the images, Youtube videos, and creative content make them shorter.  They are interesting and will help give you time later to click on a product advertised on my website.

 But even better, read the full post or page.

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Back to the Table of Contents.

General Directions-The steps to locate posts.

There are several ways to locate all the posts and the Pages.   The Pages are located at the very top of my Website.   

You can find the latest and the partial listing of my Posts on the sidebar.     

The following are the ways and steps to locate all the Posts.   The description of each Post with help you to find what’s all about.However, press the |search | button and it will take you to the names of all the Posts.   

Then, it is a matter of clicking on the post you want to read.

  1.  First Way. Just scroll down the blogroll and read the short paragraphs.  To read the post, just click the “Continue or the Read More”

The “Table of Contents” will give you all the pages and posts and will have a short comment to help you decide what to read.  To read the post, just click with the



1.    Privacy Policies          thumbprint

Every website page usually gives the Privacy Policy.  The definition, according to Wikipedia is that “a privacy policy is a statement or a legal document that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data.”   The Privacy Policy is usually found on every Website, including   It is best to first read what the legal aspects of a website may be.


2.    About me           about me picture          

It is obvious this page is the author of the website, Judy.   Perhaps, soon I will change the title to, ‘About Judy’.   This page sets the tone of the website through the eyes (and fingers) of the author and the subject of the website.   It gives information if you want to know more about me.   

You can find out my age; the reason I wrote the website; my embarrassment for not wearing jeans more in my lifetime; and to learn about my dad who influenced me the most.   There are more comments but I will leave the reading to you to find a glimpse, the influence and the insight of my background.   

3.    Testimonials. (unpublished)            thumbprint

I will soon be interviewing students from a media classroom who will give their testimony about their ‘501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans’.  I will ask questions for them to answer candidly.  I hope they will give the pro and con about their jeans.   If they have never ordered online, I will ask if they would consider going on my website to click on the links for both jeans and accessories.

The testimonies page is included in the Product Review for visitors a live testimony with me and some young men on the reasons they like the 501® Levi jeans

They will also talk about ordering online.


4.    Product Review        feedback on product

This page is just what it says it to be.   Most consumers want to find out if the product is indeed what they want to buy and the rating they would classify each product.   

Consumers often line up the various websites and look at the product review on other prospects that can be compared to side by side.   

Product Reviews are primarily used on shopping sites.   They give customers a place where they can review and rate the product that they bought.   The other customers can read the positive and/or negative comments before purchasing the product. 

The Product Review page just organizes these comments and gives other reasons for the customers to purchase the product that is on their website.  Mine includes mostly the positive aspects as well as the negative aspects.  I also include other reasons customers can read about to give them, even more, reasons to buy their product.   

For example, my Product Review gives a Trailor with the actor Brad Pitt that advertises the 501 Levi original fit jeans.   Informative and interesting at the same time.  This site should be looked at when the visitor is ready to purchase the product.  So, if you are not ready, then let me entertain you with my Posts and my pages.


5.    The big 47-foot cowboy          postcard of the big cowboy

 I have this same picture in color also on this page, the big 47-foot cowboy.   

My dad, William Harry Wheeler, took a year part-time from his regular job at the Amarillo Air Force base in 1959 to build and finished the big cowboy by 1960.  

Now, he no longer has his clothes.   All the signs dad built, the curio shop and the motel and the 22-foot cowboy was taken away to make room for a park (without benches I heard) and an unmanned visitor information center  Much effort was used to have the big cowboy, Tex Randall look like he did in 1960.   

Now, I am happy the cowboy is no longer in disrepair.   I am grateful for the efforts extended to repair and paint the cowboy.

I love the way the sculpture of the cowboy looks at night.   Of course, I grew up seeing the big cowboy the way he looked in 1960.  I know first hand how difficult it was to build.  Mr. Wheeler would come home late at night totally exhausted.   He had spent all day as a writer and editor of Technical Manuals for the Amarillo Air Force Base.  Then after work and on weekends, he worked on sculpturing until late at night.

The big cowboy built in 1950 was touchable by tourist and kids loved to have their picture on his boot.   Many thousand of tourist in those days made the big cowboy and curio shop well known all over the United States.   People traveled by car in those days to take in the cites.   

The name of the big cowboy is Tex Randall.    This story about the 47-foot cowboy is quite interesting and informative.   There is even an actual movie to show you about the image of the big cowboy in 1960 if you are interested.


8.   Home            home page                   

This page is what you are looking at now with the Table of Contents.


9.    Latest News Posts            blog for post

Here is the short content one of the posts.   There is a division that says, “read more” and when you click on that the rest of the content of the post is given.  By default, WordPress displays the most recent posts on the front page of the website.   This is handy to read a short part that may or may not perk your interest.   Or you can check the Table of Contents that will give you the synopsis or commentary that does the same thing.

10.   Order Details                shopping on internet

My links are connected to Amazon which is a very good company to be an associate of.   There are the jeans you were looking for.    (that is 2 times I have ended a sentence with a preposition)

As the Website is about 501® Levi original and tall and big original fit jeans.    If you consider your body type as tall but not big, this link of the jeans you like will work for you.

You just have to make sure of your measurements.   If you have worn 501’s for many years, it is still a good idea to measure again.   Sizes change.   There are two videos that show you how to measure.    This advice also, of course, for the new person wanting 501® Levi jeans.

If you usually wear zippered jeans, you will love the button-fly jeans anyway.   I have expensive jeans and the cheaper jeans also.   They are still good and usually have more colors to choose from.

I get a small commission from Amazon, but I would appreciate finding other people who love 501® Jeans and give them this: find me jeans when you do a search.   It will take you to the title, 501® Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans.  Some of the other sites about these jeans that are not mine you can still find my website by looking up the images.  Once you are familiar with the images I have put on the pages and posts, it will be easy to look up the images and get my website.


11.  Accessories                 accessories and leather


You will find links to other clothing you can wear with your jeans or pants.  The links take you to Amazon where you can find anything you want.   Yes, you can go to Amazon, but going through my website earns me a small commission from Amazon.   That’s good news for me.   Also, while there you can shop for other products.

I have sneakers, shirts, shoes, belts, hats, etc.   This page changes as do styles and interest.  I hope I keep up.   If not, or if you have a suggestion, write a comment and tell me, okay?

Some of my pages have comments, but all my posts have the comment section where you can add your comments.

That’s it!   Now, do you know what the table of Contents is all about?   Let’s go now to the posts.


1.    The pictorial exhibit design®                      

I made an 8-foot and 48 inches tall type of plywood to make a pictorial exhibit about all the events in my dad’s varied live.

Basically, it covers all events from 1930’s to his death in 1997.

The top horizontal is the events and the vertical part of each event has rare pictures, quotes, stories and other items.

The headings are Duo Pianist; Band Director; Mule trainer; The 47-foot cowboy; the Gunfighter Museum; Designer and maker of hand-made rugs: Piano Teacher; Sculptures.

There are many details in this post.   It took me months to finish.


2.    My mule story-invitation to a tea party            an hotel tea room

You get to know about Frances, a male donkey actually but I refer o his as a mule.  This story tells where dad found and tamed the mule.

He also trained the mule to drink cokes from a coca cola.   We had a coke machine on the porch of our curio shop and Francis would bray to have a coke.

This was in the 1950’s and the stories are a celebration of my memory of the famous jeans, talking Francis movies and the reputation of LS&Co.   Get to know Francis; you will love his antics.

3.    My mule story-the unexpected call            reflection of police car light

One night, dad receives an unexpected call after midnight from the police.   What happened.    Dad loved his mule and the mule followed dad everywhere.

Dad ran from the house to the curio shop is located where the police were grinning and waiting.

Dad is sweating.   Is Francis hurt?  Find out the funny reason Francis brakes out of his pen.   You will just shake your head and giggle or laugh.

4.    My mule story-a busload of kids                   school bus for students

Once more, Francis is in trouble.  He loves cokes and every time a person goes to the coke machine on the curio shop’s porch, Francis brays loudly.

One day a busload of kids stop at the curio shop; all intent on giving Francis a coke or two!   Francis drinks them all.

See what happens about Francis the next morning.   Dad is unsure what to do.   Does the situation resolve by itself?

5.    Funny stories about the big cowboy          two women laughing

There are stories associated with the big cowboy.   Dad can be seen from the highway working on some project.

One of the stories in this episode includes what tourist asks my dad questions about the cowboy.

The biggest question that many tourists make is to find out what dad is building by hand in front of the curio shop.   Believe it or not, most people think he is building an airplane.

Dad is working on the hand and has the person look to the west and to the east.   They are surprised to see the shape of a cowboy hat and a pair of boots.

There are other things included in this story; very entertaining read.

6.    10 interesting facts about Denim jeans           button fly jean close-up

Everyone’s favorite Post it seems like.  The use of coca-cola posters and one line of quotes and even a couple of old advertisements postures are used here.

Each interesting facts include a short comment about jeans or Levi Strauss or Jacob Davis.  This post is fast-paced and you will enjoy the different parts to ‘the facts about Denim jeans.’

7.    Everyone has a story          slaves chopping cotton 

This is a combination of story and a drama play.   It is about two history teachers on a trip together to one of the teacher’s hometown.

They go cotton picking by hand-this is during the 1960’s–one of the inexperienced teachers did not realize it was so difficult because of the heat.

She sweats profusely but empathizes now how the slaves must have felt chopping and picking cotton.

Both teachers decide to have their student do a project concerning the life of slaves.

The end shows how Levi Strauss and Company gives freedom to the “slaves” of the black American women by hiring them in his sewing manufacturing company. up with Levi Strauss and Company “freei9

They do this by hiring black American women BEFORE the civil rights movement.

This is a very long story, but a worthwhile read.   It suggests reading the drama in two parts.   My most difficult work.

8.    Four easy ways to shrink your jeans          clothes line with jeans hanging 

There are quite a few posts about shrinking jeans that I like.  I used this as a reference guide.  Mine includes the 4 typical ways to succeed in shrinking your jeans.

It has neat pictures and of course, I hope you like my writing style.

The 4 ways include the boiling pot; the bathtub, iron and the fabric spray softener.

9.    How to wash your jeans-label and tips              washing machine dials

Again, there are many posts that have covered this posting.    But a woman from the comment section thanked me for showing her really how to was her jeans.

The reading of labels is important, but the person still needs to be careful.   I give my visitors a variety of choice.

They can choose the clothesline or the dryer, but the subtle directions are stated.


     San Francisco Bay map     10.   Levi Strauss/Davis Story              map of Riga where Davis was born

Johnnie wants his grandma to tell the story about Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.   Do you remember how your grandma read you a story before bedtime?

Well, Johnnie is about 12 years old and is fascinated with the stories.   He wants to wear the 501® Levi jeans when he grows up.   His father wears 501® Levi original fit jeans for men.

This story includes Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.   It also speaks about the original discovery of jeans being first in Italy.

You can just hear Johnnie’s comments!  “Circles”

11.   Commercial about 501® jeans that grab you “Circles” 2017

I used several commercials in my posts, so I decided to write a post that includes all I like.   From classics to movie stars to great background music

The scripts are great and the acting is natural and exciting.    I have written comments to some of the t.v. commercials, but mostly the focus is on the film.

You will be able to click the commercials when you are ready to see them.   There are many I could not include because there were too many.

Perhaps, I will have two segments to two posts in order to show more t.v. commercials.

12.   The story of Cotton (unpublished)           look of cotton grass

This site gives many aspects to the story or history of cotton.   It explains the type of weave involved in Denim.  It also gives the history of the two looms

The history is informative and entertaining.

13.   References and Sitemap             reference book

General and specific researchers I have used to gather information for my writings.   The sitemap is a list of the t.v. commercials I have used in my stories.

Please comment to exchange any ideas or suggestions.   I will answer all comments for I am interested in your feedback and support.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

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The pictorial exhibit design:

The Pictorial Exhibit: the best way to show the creative genius of my dad

The Website is 501® Levi® Original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.

The pictorial exhibit and its design was the best way to show the artistic genius of my dad.   By designing and making an 8-feet long pictorial exhibit out of heavy wood, I was able to depict dad’s life story from the various events that had been included.

The pictorial’s exhibit was an accumulation of dad’s creative innovations; rare pictures, unique stories; musical talent; his awe-inspiring sculpture and his building activities.

I am Judy, the designer, and William Harry Wheeler was the name of my dad who was down to earth as well as being an artist who built a 47-foot cowboy.

Each event in his life which began in 1935 until his death in 1997 included his background and his interest.  The exhibit also included dad’s innovations; rare pictures, stories and other surprises.  

The pictorial exhibit was made of a heavy plywood with a centerpiece and two sides.   

I had always respected Levi Strauss & Co which was one another reason I decided last year to write about jeans and other subjects related to jeans.                                                                          In fact, ‘501 Levi jeans original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men’ became the name of my website.   I wrote post articles that one could navigate to other posts dealing with the subject of jeans, even indirectly.   They were also entertaining.  

Knowing about the personality and the background of Levi Strauss also motivated me to build the pictorial exhibit.  Levi Strauss, the man, and Harry Wheeler both had the same personality; that is, a true innovative spirit and a creative thinker who put their dreams and observations into action.   

My dad and Mr. Strauss were interested in classical music.   I grew up listening to that music.  They both understood the need for their business by using clever advertisements.     

But, the main reason I built my exhibit was to tell the public about my dad and why he was a creative genius. 

So, are you interested what I included in the pictorial exhibit?

A Levi Strauss garment manufacturing company in Amarillo, Texas was responsible for fitting the jeans for the big cowboy in 1960.  Unfortunately, they had to close their garment factory after 35 years sewing fine jeans. 

Read about that sad event and make a comment here if you know anything about that event.     

Anyway, 1960 was the time my dad, William Harry Wheeler, built the 47-foot cowboy.  


                                          the big 47-foot cowboy

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My mule stories–invitation to a tea party

Francis had an invitation to a Tea Party at a fancy hotel downtown

Can you imagine a mule going to a fancy hotel to attend a tea party given by a group of elderly ladies?  

donkey eating grass

 Francis was a friendly mule who loved my dad.  His mule followed him anywhere.  Mom stayed away, but she loved him too.  This particular story is about,  “Francis at the Tea Party”.

The story is even better when you read it aloud!   I was told once that my stories could be read in the public reading room in a library or a restaurant specializing in stories to be read.

Dad found this wild mule in Palo Duro  Canyon.  It looks like a small Grand Canyon.  Francis kicked up a storm when he was put in a Horse Trailor.   Why did not dad get a Mule Trailor? 

The small Canyon in the panhandle of Texas

 He tamed the mule and dad also taught him how to drink coca cola from a coke bottle.  He managed this in the lot at his home in Canyon, Texas.   Now, Francis followed dad all the time; whenever possible. Mules are like that.   They will favor one person and will be faithful forever.

They are usually devoted to one individual.  You can read about mules.  They are so fascinating to learn about. 

Francis’ reputation grew as a mule who behaved beautifully and it came to no surprise that some elderly ladies invited dad and Frances to a Tea Party at a certain dining room in a fancy motel downtown Amarillo.

By the way, my dad’s name was William Harry Wheeler.  He did many wonderful things in his life.    

Anyway, Dad told these ladies that he would be glad to bring Francis to the hotel to attend their “Tea Party” thinking that the publicity about Francis would not hurt the curio shop business.                                                                        

Francis’ reputation grew as a mule who behaved beautifully and it came to no surprise that some elderly ladies invited dad and Frances to a Tea Party at a certain dining room in a fancy motel downtown Amarillo.   This image looks like the same lobby Francis went to his tea party. 

Hotel lobby of the William Penn Hotel

Here is a picture of a tea room in a fancy hotel.   It looks like the one Francis went to for his tea party.


an hotel tea room

Dad later repeated the story to all of us about how Francis behaved.
 Well, the hotel people led Francis across the beautiful, elegant lobby to the elevator.  Now then, Dad was getting worried.  As you know a mule doesn’t go to a furnished bathroom, so Dad was a little afraid he would use the elevator on the trip up as a restroom.   But Francis behaved beautifully!

Well, will Francis continue to behave?

Next, they walked down a long hallway to the tea room.  Now, dad became really nervous.

So now I want you to picture a gorgeous room with many tables and balloons way up high.  It was bright and distracting.   All these ladies were dressed up to the tee.  

(pardon my pun)    The bottom picture above shows a tea room just like the tea room dad took Francis to visit these ladies.

Francis was led up by one of the ladies to the front so that everyone would see him.                                                                                                                                                            

After the whoo’s and aha’s, the leader of the group gave a small talk while the ladies drank their tea and ate their cakes and cucumber sandwiches.   Francis was standing

next to her.

Again dad was a little more afraid Francis would use the tea room as a restroom.   Dad tried to look calm; not worried.    He was not even thinking about the possibility of

Francis biting!!

Time passed slowly for dad.  One minute was like an hour.   Sweat was dripping from his neck and pouring under his armpits

Will Francis continue to behave even more?

To ask a question and answer yes or no.

                                                                                                                                                                             Yes?      No?

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The mule story–the unexpected call

The Unexpected Call—dreaded and late

How would you react to a late unexpected call from the police

while you were asleep in bed?

 Francis is Keeping Company with the Police at 2:00 in the Morning.

It was a morning just like this.  A time for sleeping waiting for dawn.

early morning dawn

One late night late, dad received a call from the police.   They said,

Mr. Wheeler, you need to come out and take a look at your mule!!

Do calls from the police make it a polite complaint?

Dad rushed out and ran to the front of the curio shop where Francis was kept in the back.  

With only his slippers and the same pants and shirt, dad had worn earlier that night, he ran with tears in his eyes.  

That mule loved dad and followed him everywhere and this story is understandably a concern for Dad.

Do you think so too?    Find out how Dad handled the call.

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My mule stories-busload of kids

An introduction to Francis, our beautiful mule who loved drinking cokes and who entertained thousands of tourist over 50 years ago.

He is talking to you.  “Heeeee Haa.”  This is the story about the busload of kids who gave Francis one or more bottles of coca cola one day.

They were excited and ready.   Every time a kid went to the coke machine, he would loudly cry our his mule talk.  “Heeeeee-Haa.”    The ‘heeee’ tone is deep down and low in the throat.   Then the ‘ha’ tone is made abruptly and raised high in the throat.   The kids understood what Francis was saying.

Now, you may ask me what does a mule story have to do with 501 Levi jeans for men?

I would say,  my vivid memories of those days of the big 47-foot cowboy, brings a wealth

of reminders of the denim jeans that the big cowboy wore.   Many tourists touched the denim

jeans and the cowboy and put their kids on top of the shoe to take pictures.  But that memory

extends to other things my dad did which the tourist enjoyed.                                                                                                             Writer of mule stories

I wrote some stories recently that just reminded me of that day over 50 years ago.   Yep!  My mule stories.



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Funny stories about the big cowboy

Funny Stories About the Cowboy

This picture is from the collection of Angelica Paez.  She bought this picture from a person in Houston.  Now Angelica is the owner. Angelica is an artist herself and does not mind her picture being posted.  It is registered, however.

This is the picture of the big cowboy and the curio shop in early 1963.  It was just at the time my Dad sold his business. The picture brings back many memories of funny stories about

Francis. the mule and the big 47-foot cowboy.

the big 47-foot cowboy

Let me introduce myself.  I am Judy Kingsberry and my Dad is the one who built the 47-foot cowboy including everything else in this picture. Dad built and owned the tourist business.  His name was William Harry Wheeler.  My Mom’s first name was Gayneyl.

Dad knew denim 501 Levi® jeans were in fashion and that the denim western shirt was popular among cowboys.  There were cowboys in the Panhandle of Texas where the cowboy was located who wore jeans.   We were just 15 miles from Amarillo, Texas.   The little town at that time was named Canyon.

We were just 15 miles from Amarillo, Texas.   The little town at that time was named Canyon.

I am thankful to Levi Strauss manufacturing company for providing the jeans and a tent and awning company responsible for the shirt.

Levi Strauss sewing manufacturing company in Amarillo made the 501 Levi® denim jeans for tall and big men.

The tent and awning company (I do not know their name) made the shirt and the local ladies, all volunteers, cut the pattern out and did the sewing for dad to put on the cowboy as a shirt.

One funny Story–The Making of the Western Shirt!

The tent and awning company provided the material.   I believe it was the same as an awning, but their shop was not big enough to accommodate the cowboy’s large size.

What was the size of that shirt?   Will you guess?    Please, put the size you guessed in the comment box.

can you guess question mark

Then, they were able to get a group of volunteers to cut and sew in a gym.   They ended up being older ladies who knew each other.

Like I mentioned before, the material to be cut and sewed was in a high school gym.   They told Mr. Wheeler that they were careful to not make the shirt too big!!   They basically used needles, thread, and scissors to sew the shirt by hand.

When you use your imagination, you can see these older ladies putting the denim fabric down in this huge gymnasium all away around, cutting, sewing by hand and using pins to keep the material in place.

Get a group of women together and watch out, their conversation is registered in so many decibels for the whole group to hear!   Now that would be some loud talk.  Do you hear the slight echo?

I imagine sometimes they did a one on one conversation.   What did they talk about?   Can you guess?   I do not know how long it took these ladies, but I do know they were determined to do it right and to please Mr. Wheeler who was a genius to have built everything including the big cowboy.

I do not know how long it took these ladies, but I do know they were determined to do it right and to please Mr. Wheeler who was a “genius” to have built everything by himself including the big cowboy.

When they presented the shirt to dad, they did not stay to see if it fitted.  After all, it was cut out at a gym.   How much bigger and where can you sew a shirt by hand?

Well, dad used several cranes to lift up the shirt in the best way to position it to the cowboy and then making it possible to sew them on the cowboy.

clip art of a crane

And like I said, it was way too small.   Now he could have contacted the ladies to add so and so to be able to fit, but he was too kind. It was not an impossible task to perform.   He had done the same thing with the big cowboy’s jeans.   As you can see in this picture, it took a lot of adjusting.   But the jeans were not too short and they were wide enough.   The shirt was a shirt of a different color.

That is dad down at the foot moving the jeans to see about the fit.

The cowboy's tall big jeans

When dad discovered that the shirt was too small, he added the extra piece himself rather than tell these ladies about the shirt not being big enough to put around the body of the cowboy.

That was the kindness of my dad.   He was amused too as he related the story.   I guess these ladies could Not Believe the cowboy was so Big!!   But he was a kind man and he never told them.

Now for some more of the background about my dad’s project; the 47-foot cowboy that had the 501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.. Stay tuned for some funny stories.

Angelica Paez, the owner of the picture of the big cowboy, I am happy to share here.   You can still see my dad’s ladder on top of the curio shop porch.   A little boy is standing on the left foot while a woman is taking a picture.

The 47-foot cowboy

Angelica knows my dad built everything in the picture.   You can find her on Google. She has been an artist for over 20 years. I will have her work listed on the homepage.

She is the owner of this picture although she knows it is my dad’s cowboy and his business he built also by hand.   You can find her on Google.   She has been an artist for over 20 years. I will have her work listed on the homepage.

You can find her on Google.   Some of her artwork is done by using surreal collages and is called Scrapatorium.  This one is named  Free Spirit.

Now to another funny story; the Frame.

Dad began the construction of the cowboy strictly from scratch by pulling this heavy wire apart from these slabs which he eventually wired together.   This was done in the back of the curio shop and in front of the motel.

Later he had to move the cowboy parts of the frame in front of the curio shop to piece together because he knew he would have to have cranes to lift the cowboy up in position.

When my dad started twisting and bending the wires to put the parts together, many tourists did not realize he was building a 47- foot cowboy.

No one had done such a thing; it had never crossed their mind and some of the comments they made were amusing and the way dad handled their comments was even funnier in my opinion.

Let me give you an example.
One day, a tourist stopped by the curio shop, named, by the way, the Corral Curio Shop, at the time dad was forming the hand of the cowboy.   This meant he was in about the center of the cowboy.

Now, this was a common question,  “What are you building, an airplane?”   They could have asked other question about the mystery of the figure on the ground, but it seemed like everyone who asked what my dad was making, they usually thought he was building an airplane.

Dad was patient with them.   Sometimes, he would just answer but that brought on more questions or comments.   Usually, he would say or tell them to come over about the middle of the ‘airplane’ and he would show them what he was building.

He took them close to the middle of the cowboy.   Then he asked,  “Do you see the cowboy hat?” as he pointed west.   “Yeh, I see a hat.” the tourist would respond.

Dad would turn and point to the opposite direction.   He would ask the tourist,  “Over there to the east, do you see boots?”    The tourists are surprised usually and told dad what he was building even though dad knew what he was building already!!    “Why, you’re building a cowboy!”      “That’s right, ” dad answered, “I’m building a cowboy.”    

Dad knew the next question that was invariably asked.   “How big is it going to be?”  Dad would say, “About 50 feet.”   If he had said 47 feet, they could not have visualized the size as easily as 50 feet.   This led to other questions.

This is a special notation. The cowboy had a reputation for being 47-feet, but he would talk to the family at home about the 49- foot cowboy.   In actuality, the cowboy was 49 feet, but among the general public, the cowboy was 47 feet.   The big sign beside the cowboy advertised that the cowboy was 47-feet.

Here are some more questions tourist made about the cowboy.

One. “What are you going to do with him?”

Two. “Where are you going to put him?”

Three. “Where did you learn how to do that?”

Four. “Aren’t you afraid it will fall down?”

Five. “Why did you build a tall cowboy like that?”

Six. “What is he going to look like after you finish?”

Seven. “Did you have a model to shape this here cowboy?”

Eight. “When will it be finished?”

What question would you have asked?    4 way discussion and feedback



Now with the question such as these, dad would keep on working while he answered.   When they started to give him advice, he would invite them into the curio shop.

The tourist took their pictures and touched the cowboy or his jeans if they could reach them.   Then they would go in the curio shop to buy their souvenirs.   In the summer, we would have tourist visiting the cowboy and the curio shop continuously all day long from all over the United States.   If I were alone, I would have to call home for more help.

Our Home was behind the motel.   The large one was the family home and the smaller one was for my grandmom.   Her name was Bessie, but I called her, “Maw”.   I loved her very much.

The largest selling item was the Texas shaped ashtray.   They had their choice of buying   gags;   expensive turquoise and cheap imitation turquoise jewelry;   moccasins;   cowboy hats;   regular size polished horns; steer horns;   leather goods like wallets and belts and purses;   scarves and neckties;   ashtrays, plates, and other paraphernalia;   large cut glass items;   Squaw dresses;   postcards and many other items.

What would you have bought if you were traveling as a tourist through Texas?

There was no need for the big cowboy to say anything.   When no one was looking, he would take a drag of his cigarette.

I have strange funny stories too.   They are short and sweet.

Now many tourists stopped at the curio shop?   There were signs on the highway that aroused their interest and were fun to find because they were anticipatory signs.

What I found strange, (I learned about this later) but sadly, local people and some tourist would pass all this and just continue on driving.   Now it is too late to see the original 1960’s tourist’s stop.

I called them the drive-by sign lookers.   These are the drivers with time on their hands, but they never stopped to take pictures and/or to come into the curio shop.

That even goes with the kids at school or the ones in my Sunday school class in all the nine years I lived there in that small provincial town.   It is not as provincial now as it was then.  I am not critical of the situation but I am stating facts as I see them.

Now, for the most part, the local people of the small city is proud and love their icon, the big 47-foot cowboy, named Tex Randall.   There are some good people in this small city.

My family would shake our heads because we felt sorry for them; they did not know what a curio shop was.   I think they thought the cowboy would step on them or their cars.

I do not know the reason people driving by did not stop to look closely at the cowboy or to look inside the curio shop, but now I wonder if they are sorry they did not see up close the unique and famous cowboy and curio shop and everything else that is no longer there.   I am talking about the local people too.

And I mean they drove by for many years, not just once.   But mainly the cowboy was a sign for them.   They would say such statement as this;  “Every time I saw that cowboy, I knew I was close to home. or to Amarillo; or to another highway; or to la di la land.”

I am sure some of them regret they did not stop because the curio shop was closed and later was torn down to make room for a park.   The big cowboy is now painted.

They have a nice Mexican food restaurant and have really beautiful paintings on their walls–makes it worth going there to eat.   Tell them Judy says “hello”.   They were so kind to prepare a meal and then paid for the meal themselves!!

Here is an observation that I came across concerning the clothes of the cowboy.   Ignorance and neglect caused the clothes on the cowboy to be lost or just ripped off.    The weather was blamed for the loss of the cowboy’s clothes, but that is not entirely true.   Dad knew about the weather and the clothes were here to stay as planned by my dad and Levi Strauss manufacturing company.   I must say this is my opinion based pm sound judgment with knowledge of the creative genius of my artist father, William Harry Wheeler.


Levi Strauss & Co. was so happy they had provided the jeans for the cowboy that they made a 2015 unzipped blog written by Tracey Pollick the Historian for the LS&Co telling about the 1960 cowboy and about my dad.   We are talking about an international company today and I think everyone there would have stopped to take pictures and would have come in the Corral Curio Shop to buy some souvenirs before heading back to San Francisco.   I recommend you read all the unzipped blogs on Levi Strauss & Co with Tracey Panek, the historian.

Again, I would love to hear from each one who visits my website.   However, I know there are many articles you could make your comments.   So I will be happy if you will write a comment on just a few of your favorite posts and articles as seen on  feedback on comments

My email is   Email me if you would like and I will try to answer everyone in a timely manner.  

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Either way. my goal is to entertain and I am hoping sincerely that you were entertained with the posts and pages on my website.    Search on Google for ‘find me jeans’ or later I hope you will be able to search for ‘501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men’.

This is an unzipped blog about the big cowboy from Levi Strauss & Co.   I helped Tracy with information and the rare pictures.   She is the historian for LS&Co and is a busy person who travels for artifacts and lectures and gives information to groups.    There is also an unzipped blog about Tracey Panek.

Thank you,

Judy Kingsberry, owner of the website, 501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.   I would love to hear from you and will answer you quickly in a timely manner.

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10 interesting facts about denim jeans.

Fun and famous coke advertisements in posters are used in this post.  They bring back memories of Francis, our mule who drank cokes the years of the following images.

Ten Interesting facts about denim jeans

Happiness is love and blue jeans.
Many people believe jeans were an American Invention and I thought so too but they were first found or got their start in Genoa, Italy.  It was a harbor town that made a certain type of material called a gene or jean.
When French visitors were in the little port town, they called the material cloth, “blue de genes”.  The “g” in French is a soft sound.  Now in English, the “g” is a hard sound.
Later after the Italians exported the material throughout Europe, the weavers tried to develop the jeans and were known as “serge de Nemes” meaning from the city of Nemes which was later referred to as denim.  501 Jeans.  

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Everyone has a story-teachers cut cotton

everyone has a story title


My friends,  this is a long entertaining play that I wrote.  You may need to divide your time in reading it or you may want to read to the end.    I have an intermission.  If you would like to stop there or at any time and go to my other posts or pages, please do so.
The purpose of this play that I wrote is to entertain and to bring you “close” to a company I have loved since the 1960’s because Levi Strauss & Co. fitted my dad’s 47- foot cowboy with their 501 original jeans.   ENJOY THE PLAY.

INTRODUCTION of the theater program.

Play’s Long Title– How Judy and Maggie  Relate the work of slaves chopping cotton to how Levi Strauss integrated factories with Black Americans long before the Civil Right’s Act of the 1960’s.

Play’s short Title-Levi plays a part in Black American History Concerning Slaves.

Act 1

Judy and Maggie learn about the role and work of the slave in the U. S.


A Restored slave cabin.  Laura Plantation near Vacherie, Louisiana.


This is a story about how Judy learned a little surprise about chopping cotton.   Her history class would benefit by researching how Levi Strauss, maker of 501 jeans for men and other styles of fashion did his part to symbolically free the black American by giving him his civil rights.

Relating her experience in the small town in Oklahoma, her students would realize the importance of their research.


Abby, Ella. “Slavery.” Emaze. Contributor public page.

Author of Play

According to what I have been told throughout the years in my life, the Wikipedia well expresses slavery, especially those in the field, is this manner.

Field slaves usually worked in the fields from sunrise to sundown, while being monitored by an overseer. The Overseer

was there to make sure that slaves did not slow down or cease their field work until the day was over.

Wikipedia contributors, “Field slaves in the United States.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.  4 Aug. 2016. Web. Nov. 23, 2016

The first part of this play takes place in a little town and a cotton field in Oklahoma.   The dialogue begins with two high school history teachers; friends who live in Dallas.

Open little theater


This is the stage in the late 1950’s that was used in this play. I may include it in other places to remind you that it is a play. It starts with two friends talking about their teaching jobs at the middle school nearby.  They are in Judy’s home relaxing after a long day of teaching.   Maggie lives nearby, and it is their habit to drink coffee and talk about their students and their history lessons.

But this ‘day’ would prove to be distinctive for both Maggie and Judy.  It was their lesson in history that would not be forgotten.

MaggieI am still elated that the kids are excited to learn about the cotton manufacturing plants.”

Judy” I am on the same lesson plan.”

Maggie I concentrate more on the cotton manufacturing process.”

Judy  “They just learned today in my class about all the products that can be made with cotton.   There are a lot of products and information the Story of cotton shows  When we came to the part about jeans, they all laughed.”

Maggie— “They said The Jingle, did they not?”

                  Pat,  Pat                                                                                                                                          clap,                                                                                                                                 snap  to  the, snap to the rhythm,  pat– pat 

         Judy “Here we go now–“                                                                                                                                                                                         RHYTHMtalk the talk

         Judy–“Find me jeans.”         


Maggie—“Jeans for me too?”

          Judy—“For you jeans?”

 Maggie—“501 Levi jeans?”

          Judy “Find me Levi jeans too, please”

 Maggie “501 Levi jeans for you too?”


Row, David, “Lesson, Songs, Ideas.”    Make Moments Matter.  Educational Teacher’s Guide,  Web. 24 Sept. 2016  “clicking fingers to the beat of the RHYTHM”                    

      Judy“Find me jeans too, please.”snapping finger

Maggie“501 Levi jeans for men?”

       Judy“Find me 501 Levi original jeans and tall & big original fit jeans

Maggie“Find me jeans too, please?


Row, David, “Lesson, Songs, Ideas.”    Make Moments Matter.  Educational Teacher’s Guide,  Web. 24 Sept. 2016  “clicking fingers to the beat of the RHYTHM”            

Weagley, Vance. “How to Snap Your Fingers.” The 11 Most Unnecessary ‘How To’ Guides on the Web.”   Feb.2009. 11-most-unnecessary-how-to guides.


Judy and Maggie discuss their trip to Oklahoma to visit Maggie’s family.  They both looked forward to visiting relatives and having fun at the Jute joint owned by Maggie’s aunt.  Maggie went often and Judy was happy to visit there.

Maggie went often and Judy was pleased to be invited

fun at the juke joint

Biafra, Jello. “Feature: History of the Juke Joint.”   WordPress Blog post.  Rock and Roll Junkie.  June 2015. Web. 23 Nov. 2016

MaggieMy grandma’s stories will make you cry and laugh too.   Do you know why the slave was called a lazy coon in my family when they were slaves?”

Picture of hookworms>>Walsh, Michael. “Hookworm.” Infection Landscapes. Other Infectious Diseases and Microbe sites. web. 13 Feb. 2012. Accessed Nov. 23, 2016.

Maggie—“ According to the article about “Hookworms” caused the slave to be protein and iron deficient; not to mention the hard work involved working in the field all day.

The slave did not wear shoes and this is where the slave most likely got the infectious disease.  The slaves were not lazy since they worked in the field.    And then had to take care of responsibilities upon return home from the field.”

Judy “I agree.  I did not know about hookworms being responsible for the slave’s image of laziness that prevailed in the Civil War times. That is another research item for my students.”


While staying with Maggie’s aunt Dot, Judy learned how to cook tripe.

Judy—  “What is it you are cooking?   Can I help?”                                               

Dot  “Mmm?  No there isn’t anything to do here?  Do you like tripe?”

Judy “Ugh?   Not sure.  What is tripe?  How do you cook tripe?”


“Tripe is just the lining of a cow’s stomach.  I am cleaning it; prepare tripegetting rid of the fat.  After that, I will put it in the pot on the stove and simmer it for about 2 1/2 hours.  I am cooking it for my ‘no good husband’.  You can have some tripe too or you can eat the chicken saved from last night.

Image from Spain  Lastras, Javier.  “Tripe.”  Blogspot.  Flickr.  8 Jan. 2010. Accessed Nov. 23, 2016.  

Judy– Well, this time, I will eat the chicken.”  


After eating we all took a short nap and then walked to the Jute joint.  It became quite lively later on in the evening but I loved listening and dancing to the soul music.  Everyone had fun!!

The next few days, we talked with Maggie’s family.   Grandma talked about the days she was a slave.


Friday morning, everyone got up early to go to the farm to chop cotton.  Judy and Maggie were asked to help with the work.

JudyOf course I would love to go, but I do not know how to pick cotton.”

Maggie  “Don’t worry about that.  I will give you a garden hoe and show you how to chop cotton.  We will start at 5:00 in the morning.  And  I’ll have a hat for you to wear, but make sure you put on your jeans.”


Soon we stopped beside the little track of a road, and I noticed there was no cotton that I could see.   Where is the cotton I asked in surprise.

Maggie—“Oh I am sorry,  We are going to chop cotton.  It makes it so that there will be more room for all the cotton, I guess.   Now here we have your garden hoe that you can use.”


(I do not know where this picture came from but it was a free image.)


Judy was surprised.    After meeting the other friends of Maggie and finished loading the extra supplies to the farmhouse, it was time to chop cotton.


{Go and relax for a while if you are tired of reading.  I hope you have enjoyed the play so far.  You may even want to check out my blogs or the pages to my website.  Comment too.}

Visitors, please continue at your own pace and email me at  I only use the email to let my visitors learn about a new post or Website that I have written.   If you are ready, please go to the second act.

Act 2

Judy’s time in the cotton field with Maggie in Oklahoma.   Levi Strauss & Co. integrate their factories and hire  Black Americans long before the Civil Rights Act on the 1960s.

MaggieWe are going to start on this side and go on down this row to the end. Let me show you how.”  

JudyThe rows seemed long to me but I was ready to start.


Wolcott, Marion Post, Photographer. “Bayou Bourbeau Plantation.”  Gallery by Christie. Library of Commerce.  circa 1940. accessed Nov. 24, 2016.                


The plants and the weeds looked all the same.   Maggie demonstrated the chopping of cotton for me once again.  I started on my row and looked down to the end.  

It did not seem that far.  I was going pretty fast, but the others were doing it fairly fast too.  A little later, I started to slow down to an unsteady pace.  It was getting unbelievably wretched.

I was getting a more sweaty.  By the time we had reached the end of the row to go back, we all drank a lot of water first.

I thought it was a little too hot to continue, but everyone had started back down the row, and so did I.

About halfway down, or so I thought, my face was starting to be copious with tears of sweat.  My vision was blurred and  I was dizzy and did not complain, but I did slow down a lot.

I had heard a person commenting that the day was a scorcher.  Today there was a new meaning of the word, scorcher.

I looked up and glanced down at the end of my row.   Hot snot!!   It was just too far!  Sweat was pouring down my face like heavy, angry rain.  I heard some people singing.  Can’t remember a note they sang now.


Maggie notice me stumbling and talking to myself.  She gave me a rag to wipe my face.   I looked around for a water jug, but apparently, no one had one.

Water, water, water was in my thoughts.  It was at the end of the line, or was it?   Was I in a green desert?

You can see in this picture how hard I was working!

woman sweating and drinking water

Averkamp, Stephanie. “What is Sweat Made Of?” Fitness for Weight Loss, copyright 2015.  Accessed Dec. 17, 2016

To make a long story short, I did not think I could have finished.  My back hurt because you had to chop hard to get the weeds dug out and the garden hoe I used was too short.

Besides that, it was just too hot to work.  Water, water. Water—I was slowing down and was way behind the others who were joking and zipping on down.  Someone noticed me and told Maggie. 

The man said that  ‘I was in low cotton’ today and then she helped me into the truck that was parked in the shade.  I was glad.  When I got back, I took a long swig of water (and poured some on my face).  My T-Shirt was soaked.  When Maggie got back, we just took the truck on back to the farmhouse.

Then we took her car home.   But first, she went to the house to thank the woman who had cooked some beans and rice.  She smiled so kindly.

Judy“I am sorry I did not finish my row.”

Maggie“That is okay.  You are not experienced in working in the sweltering heat. They will work for a few more hours and will be stopping before it gets too hot.  Probably around noon.  {You got to be kidding, I thought!!!}    “Everyone will take a nap, and leave early evening to work the fields again. They will stop when it gets too dark to see.”  

Judy What does it mean, ‘she’s living in low cotton’?”

Maggie“It means that you are just having a bad day.”   

“in low cotton.” McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. 2002. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 8 Nov. 2016

I have thought about that morning several times in my life.   Yes!  I was living in low cotton.  But I wanted to go back someday to try picking cotton once again.  I felt a little sad knowing how the slaves must have felt like having to do the arduous work in the field all day without letup. How could anyone call a slave—lazy?
Yes!  I would have a lot to say to my students in my history class and to teach it in the direction where my students would get a better understanding on how the slave really must have felt by chopping and picking cotton.  

I had also learned how Levi Strauss, the maker of Levi 501 jeans, had his sewing factories integrated before the Civil Rights Act was in place.   The following is an account that happened in The Civil Rights Movement on the 1960’s.   It shows how Levi Strauss was one of the first to integrate his factories.

          Levi Strauss and Co.’s innovations in workplace, practices and social responsibility led the way to corporate

          America throughout much of the 20th century.  For example, the company’s commitment to equal employment

          opportunities diversity predated the U.S. Civil Rights movement of federally mandated desegregation by two 

          decades.   Levi  Strauss and Co. opened integrated factories in California in the 1940’s.     In 1960, to supply a

          growing need for jeans,  the company expanded production to towns in the Southern United States.  As a pre-

          condition to opening manufacturing plants, the company insisted that the workforce was to be integrated from

          day one, which flew in the face of established regional norms.   The company encountered fierce community

          resistance, but eventually provided and set an example for other employers to follow.

                     Strauss, Levi & Co.  “Original for 150 years: Story of Levi Strauss.”  PRNews Release.  01 May 2003.  Accessed Dec. 1, 2016.

Judy–continues.  In researching Levi Strauss & Company, I learned their issues of desegregation, equal rights, sustainability, and other important social events were topics my student would find relevant and engrossing.  

Their example being first in many social awareness issues gives evidence that the icon, Levi Strauss, maker of the first 501 Levi jeans for men, is still, in spirit, with the same example of his business acuity, honesty, and hard work

He was generous with his charity and in fact. he was known for his philanthropy.   The Levi Strauss & Co has also donated lots of money to various charities with the real idea of helping.  

And when the history lesson comes to the turbulent times of the 1950’s and the 1960’s there will be a variety of research findings.  

Individuals and companies did their share of the issues of those nervous times and sometimes violent times.  But I know that my experience with chopping cotton and relating it to the slaves will perk up and magnify their interest.

My students loved the 47-foot cowboy who Levi Strauss fitted with Levi jeans in 1960.  The next project will involve the production of the jeans from cotton fields to the distribution of the final product-Levi denim jeans.

The picture is owned by Angelica Paez.  Visit her on facebook and Ipernity.  You can see her works on Y Scrapatorium.   I am grateful for her generosity and loving concern for me.  Her artwork probably began as a young child, but she has been doing a particular style of art for twenty years.  I met her on a website called Ipernity. 

This story play is dedicated to Levi Strauss, Angelica Paez, and Tracey Panek of Levi Strauss & Co. from me, the writer, Judy Kingsberry and my dad’s cowboy seen here on this page, the 47-foot cowboy.
49 foot cowboy statue

THE END OF STORY Of the Drama written by Judy.

Please leave any comments or questions here.  Judy feels everyone is important.  That is the reason my motto is, “Everyone has a Story.” What is your story?   Are any of you familiar with chopping or picking cotton my hand?

If you had a company, what would your values be in the making of your product?  Please, I would like for you to give me feedback and critique about this story.   I would like to hear from all of you.

Maybe you can share a few Southern expressions or idioms of your own.  Perhaps, you may have a story to tell too.  You are my readers and hopefully, by reading this play and the page, 501 jeans, you will understand my love for 501 Levi original fit jeans.

Thank you!!   email comments, questions, and/or request to   Just leaving a comment is fine too.   Judy, owner of the Website,   The title of my Website is 501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans.

If you leave this site, please remember that the big cowboy says, “Y’all come back when ya feel like it!  Here?”


Four easy ways to shrink your jeans

How to shrink your jeans in four easy ways. Try it; you may find them smaller before you know it!!

In the old days—the 1950’s my family washed cotton items but hung to clothes on a clothesline.  I learned that cotton denim does shrink to a certain degree.

You can find out how much by searching Google It is best to wait when you first buy your jeans until your new jeans get to know you.

Later you can make the decision to use these different ways to shrink your pair of Jeans if they are too large.  Just remember!

Jeans do not make you skinny

The spray and soak way—an easy way too.

Fill a spray bottle–any bottle will do if you can spray without dripping it all over the place.  The cork that held the bottle was too loose and I got a nice little shower.

“Use a fabric softener”, not one of the fabric sheets but the one with the liquid softener.      Put three parts water and one part of the liquid fabric softener.

This can be done with the 501 Levi jeans or any jeans that are too large.

I like to use the dark Woolite for the dark jeans, but I have nothing to substantiate my opinions about the best fabric softener to use. Use your better judgment.

The three parts water and one part fabric softener go into one spray bottle and do a little dance to shake well.   But the directions are not quite over;  shake it, shake it well.  Of course with the top on.  

And just forget about adding detergent.  Okay?   We are talking about shrinking your jeans; not washing them. 

Spray the part of your jeans you want to shrink.  Then soak the area you want to shrink using your diluted fabric softener.

Two words–SPRAY and SOAK.  Take your time!  I think of ‘SOAK’ as one would think of as a pair of diapers or sponge.  Really more than wet, right?

Spray lightly at first is to start it off.  Use your judgment here also.  If you need to shrink the area a lot in inches, you can always do it again.

It is like once, twice and three times a charm.  Please, make sure the entire part of the area is completely soaked. Wiki says the word, “douse”  the area.                                         shrinking belly

I like this way when the waist is not tight enough.  It has begun to stretch out way too much.  Spray the waistband in front and in back–all the way around in fact.

Careful now, we are still talking about the combined softener with the water solution. because this way is really helpful if the waistband has begun to stretch out.

Again, make sure the waist is completely soaked in the water and softener combination.   There is a reminder to go slowly to shrink the waist as much as you need; not more.

This way works with the top part of the jeans need to shrink a little too.

Now put, throw or pass your jeans in the dryer.  With my dryer, I have to go and turn it around on high periodically to keep it  on the highest setting possible.

I think it helps to know the workings of your dryer, but if you have to go to the laundry mat, their dryers usually stay hot for a longer time.  It is the way of the dryer.

“Remember to use the most intense settings possible.”                                                 dry in hot heat to shrinkThe high heat should cause the soaked jeans to shrink.    I was thinking waist but anywhere you have sprayed and soaked the area will need watching.  

Be serious–that is the way to be.  You must be sure to take out your jeans as soon as they are dry.    

Air drying will not work.   It is the wrong way.   I use the heat cycle.   I always thought air drying was the way to go on a beautiful breezy day.   What do you think?                                         

Repeat as needed.   If the area does not shrink as much as you would like in your judgment the way to do it is spray and soak the area again.

The short way to remember this is to spray, soak and apply more of your fabric softener solution and try and try again.

Combinations of words help me remember; spray, soak and apply/dry.


The Way of the Bath             

That should do it.  If you do not like this way, the next way is to do the hot bathtub solution.  Aha, this is a way to do it and at the same time have a restful way.  

I like to read and reading in the bathtub even with your jeans should make your muscles relax and the jeans to shrink.

Here is what to do and if you like to soak in the bathtub, then this is the way to go.  It also is the one to use if you are not planning to go anywhere.

Why?  Because you want your dream jeans to dry while on your body and before you take them off.

  1. if you need your entire jeans to shrink.  Maybe read a little and drink some tea or coffee.  If you want to snack in the tub, be careful to get your jeans soaked.
  2. Fill the bathtub with very hot water; at least as hot as you can stand it.
  3. keep testing the water.  Just with brushing your hand through the water.   Too hot?  Well, you know what to do.  But when you do add some cool water, keep adjusting to seeing that it will be hot when you go in the tub.
  4. Carefully slide in the tub or stand in it and slide in slowly.  Remember it is hot.
  5. Stay in the bathtub for at least 20 minutes.  Keep adding some hot water if it gets too cold.   This might be a way to lose some weight. Ya think?
  6. When you get out of the bathtub, dry off just a little.   Enough so you do not ruin the carpet or slip on the floor.
  7. Go outside if it is a sunny day.   Sit on a plastic chair, not one of the cushion chairs.

When sitting or lying down, move around so that your jeans dry at the same time.

If you have to do it in the house.  Sit on a plastic chair or just walk around as little as possible.

If you have just the top part of your jeans to dry, try this next method.  Now it is more dangerous to get yourself burned, so pay attention to the directions.

Buy!  I think I will go and take a long bath now.  The little girl says after your jeans are dry.  “You look nice and the jeans look good on you.

sweet smiling girl



The Boiling Way

1.   Turn your jeans inside-out.  That is an expression all of us is familiar with when told you can not put your arm through your sleeve.  

Or, in this case, to turn your jeans inside-out.  Doing it this way with the jeans inside-out will prepare the jeans to soak correctly.      

                                                                       accessed from the website  http://www,  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016 

This step is especially necessary if shrinking new jeans with a fairly dark wash.   If working with a pair of light wash jeans or an old pair of jeans that have already faded, you might not need to turn your jeans inside-out and can skip this step.  

But if you want to be completely sure turn the pair inside out.   

2.  Boil water 3/4 full in a large stockpot and get a pair of tongs to lift your jeans up and to lift the jeans in the boiling water.  

Fill the large stockpot of water halfway to three-quarters full of ordinary tap water.   Set it on the stove and bring it up to a full, rolling boil using high heat.

The pot needs to be full enough to immerse the jeans.    


3,   Dunk your jeans in the boiling water.   Use tongs to put the jeans in the boiling water.   Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes as the water continues to boil.   Do not cover the stockpot as it continues to boil and soak your jeans.”      

 Check periodically to make sure the fabric stays completely under water and if need be, push the jeans under the water from time to time using your tongs.   I keep repeating myself about the tongs but do not want anyone to get themselves burned accidentally.

4.   Dry your jeans in the dryer.   Common sense tells you that you need a large pan or some item to put the hot wet jeans to carry them to the dryer.

I have not had to use this way but am sure you can find a container to take the jeans to your dryer.

So the directions for this step:  Remove your jeans from the boiling water and take them to the dryer immediately.

[Turn the dryer to the highest heat setting possible and dry your jeans completely.  Please do not dry too long.]      

           [The intense heat of the dryer will further tighten the fibers already tightened by the hot bubbling hot water from               the                            stockpot.]

Make sure you use the tongs to handle the jeans since they will be very hot.  (When you get as old as I am you will repeat directions several times.  ugh! )  

Let me know how this turned out for you!   Any problems?  Email me at


The ironing way

Wash your jeans in hot water either by your washing machine or by boiling them.

Using your washing machine will allow you wash your jeans as you shrink them while boiling your jeans is faster.      http://www,  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016) 

The boiling method is also slightly more flexible.   If you wanted to shrink just a portion of your jeans, like the waistband or your legs, you could put under only that part into the boiling water.  

Hold in place using the tongs.          

If using the washing machine method, add detergent as usual with a little liquid fabric softener.  Dark Woolite is good for dark jeans in my opinion.  

                                                              wash-268090_640Make sure the water is hot for either method.      

Put your jeans into the dryer and dry them until they are damp, but not soaked.   Set the dryer on the highest heat setting.

This is especially important if you used the boiling water or if the washing machine did not put your jeans through the spin cycle.            

Your jeans must be still wet, but not dripping wet.  You could spin them in the washing machine until dry enough to put in the dryer. Spin a little; not let it rain.

Iron the jeans until dry.   Place you damp jeans on the ironing board and iron your jeans until dry.   Use a moderate heating setting.

This may not shrink the jeans as much as the other ways Wiki how described but it can be effective if you only need a slight adjustment.”    http://www,  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016)  

 My favorite way is shown here.   I will give you advice on the Product Review from the page above in order to share and avoid a negative result with hanging jeans on the clothesline or with any other possible ones. 501 Levi jeans are an investment in good fashion.

jeans drying on a clothesline

How to wash jeans-label and tips


  • READ LABEL FOR CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS for your 501 Levi Denim jeans and for tall and big, original and regular sizes.

  • The number one recommendations are to never wash your jeans or else wash then every 6 months.  (It all depends on the type of exposure you have when wearing your jeans.

  • If for example, you work outside in yard work, then probably you will need to wash your jeans.  I say to have an old pair to do this kind of work and have other pairs for extended wear.

  • Use common sense.  If you get frustrated or whatever, contact me by email with the comment box.   Various methods are added in the posts concerning the care of your jeans.)

To wash your jeans, turn jeans inside out.  ( Wash only dark jeans with other dark jeans, but use just a few together.

This is not the case with lighter colors because dark colors will more than likely fade on other light-colored jeans.)

Well here is my advice using other website and experience using common sense.

Use detergent made specifically for washing jeans or a color protection detergent.    If you like Woolite, make sure it says on the bottle “dark”  There are others you may want to use that I have included below with a link to your convenience.  Any laundry soap you use, be careful and read the label.

You do not need a lot of laundry soap.  It all depends on how dirty your jeans are, and the more you use, the longer the rinse cycle.  

This is advice that is useful for sheets, for example, if you wash them often.  I use less than what the label says because I clean them often and they are not that dirty. 

  •        Select the coldest gentle cycle to wash.  Many times the directions say to wash in warm water!

  •       Wash on gentle cycle for a couple of minutes.  May move the jeans with your hands also.  Then rinse and spin to wring out excess water.  Use common sense.   If you have the gentle cycle on your washing machine, so much the better.  

My advice is to not even wash your jeans unless they are dirty.   Again use common sense.   Jeans can stay clean, but they may smell.   Then that is a reason to clean your jeans.

 But like I said, if they are very dirty, then I would probably wash the jeans in a short warm cycle.

  •           Hang jeans on a line in your home if you do not have a dryer or the dryer you have does not have a delicate cycle or that is your not advisable to use.   It is better to hang the jeans near a window until dry.

  •           If the outside is cool, hang your jeans on a clothesline.   Or if warm outside, do not leave your jeans too long.  Allow them to drip- dry for 1 or 2 hours.  Put the damp jeans

    then on the line in your home.

  •          REMEMBERWait for the sun to go down  (one or two hours before sunset) to hang jeans on a clothesline under a tree or in a cool shade.

    jeans getting dry on a clothes line

  • If this is not possible, then hang jeans on a clothesline in the shaded area in your home until the jeans are completely dry.
  •           Fold jeans and put them on a shelf or drawer with enough space to accommodate them.

That’s all folks.  I just want to make one point.  If you do want to put your jeans in the dryer, you can take them out at any point, but do not completely dry them, because they will wrinkle and possible shrink just a little.  Just use common sense.

Like the rest of the post, I have my email and a comment box.  I put these there so I can get some feedback.  Oh yes, you can find my website by searching:

When my website comes on, then press search on the right side of the list of the posts and you will find the post, ‘How to Wash Your Jeans.’    That is important because the post is not listed.

You have to write in the search box above the list of posts or just press search which is a lot simpler.

There is a song that goes like this.

Find me jeans.   Who wants the jeans?   Me. I want the jeans,  so find me jeans.   Who wants the jeans?   Me. I want the jeans,  so find me jeans.  Silly you.  Why are jeans so silly?   Well silly, find me jeans too.   Who finds them?  I just asked you to the find me jeans.   Who wants the jeans?   Me. I want the jeans, so find me jeans.  Silly you.  Why are jeans so silly?   Well, silly, find me jeans too.   Who finds them?


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Levi Strauss story for Johnnie

The Levi Strauss History The making of the 501® Levi jeans–includes the inventer of the original jeans. Jacob Davis

A Long Story in History To Remember for Johnny!
I was sitting on the sofa next to my grandson, who asked my if he would be able to wear the 501® Levi jeans just for tall and big men like his dad wore.  I told him I could tell he was going to be big and tall, but he would have to decide he if he wanted 501® Levi jeans.
He pointed it out to me how much his dad loved his 501® jeans so much that he kept them in the freezer sometimes.  Now, my grandson, age 10, did not know that most men did not clean their jeans when they owned a pair of 501® Levi jeans.
“I will tell you the drama about how once the Levi 501® jeans were made by a man by the name of Jacob Davis as well as Levi Strauss.”
        Johnny:  Not just by Levi alone grandma?
Now Johnnie was a precocious child and was always interested in my stories about real people and about the 501® Levi jeans his dad wore.
I have a book here on maps.   So, you are right.   The other person, Jacob Youphes, was born in 1831 of a Jewish family

Riga in 1830's

and in a town named Riga which was a part of the Russian Empire.   This map shows Riga is now in Latina.
During the time in Riga, he trained and worked as a taler.   In 1854, when Jacob Youphes, was 23  he immigrated to America and settled in New York City.  There he changed his name from Youphes to Davis.  He was a tailor and so he operated his tailor shop for a while before he left for Maine.   Later, in 1856, he left Maine and traveled to San Francisco.  However, he did not stay long, so in 1858, he once again moved to Weatherville.
Yes and it was at this time, it was believed,  he worked as a journeyman tailor.”
        Johnny: What is a journeyman?
He is a person who has served as an apprenticeship at a trade and is certified to work at it assisting another person.  Now the show must go on.
In 1858, he was on the move again.  But this time he moved to Western Canada.  While there he met and married a German immigrant named Annie Parksher and had 6 children by her.  During the time he was in Canada, he tried his luck panning for gold and also sold tobacco and wholesale pork in nearby Virgina.
In 1867, he returned to San Francisco with his wife and family.   Then when that did not work out well for them, they eventually moved to Reno Nevada to start his Tailor store.  In his tailor shop in Reno, he also sold tents, horse blankets, and wagon covers to the railroad workers on the Central Pacific Railroad.   He worked with heavy duty denim cloth to make these products which he bought from Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco.   And he used rivets to make them stronger.
         Oh wow, now we can talk about the Levi Strauss 501® original jeans?”
Not quite yet,   We still have more story to tell first.  Levi Strauss sold dry good and heavy duty material.   Davis was a creative person and later experimented using  copper rivets to reinforce the stitches in the pockets and seams of the pants to make them stronger at the stress points.  Here is a picture of rivets which is found in a jean image from Levi Strauss & Co.    a rivet
Here is the story of how Mr. Davis used rivets to make the pockets and seams stronger in a pair of pants.   In 1870 a customer walked in the door.  She told Mr. Davis how her husband was upset by his pockets coming loose and the pants lasting just a short time before falling off,  so she begged Mr. Davis to make suitable working pants that he could wear for a long time.   He knew her husband, who was a woodcutter, was angry so much that even his own wife was concerned about the pants too.
        Can you imagine his pants coming off when he got ready to chop a tree?    That is funny, but it wasn’t for the woodcutter!


And what did Mr. Davis do?  He wanted to do his best.  By accident, he saw some rivets nearby where he was working and decided to use them in the pants.  He discovered they held the pockets and the seams so much better.  The customer was very pleased that the pants Davis made for him did not easily rip apart.
So it was Jacob W, Davis who first made these reinforced pants  And Levi Strauss was the supplier of the pants.  Yes, Johnnie, these pants with the rivets later became known as denim jeans.  But remember, the pants were not called jeans at the time.
Before long, Davis had so much work he did not know what to do with all the demand for his jeans
        He had a lot of business selling his jeans.  So what happened next?
Well, he knew the importance of his reinforced jeans, so he wrote Levi Strauss and asked him for his financial banking and help in the filling out the forms of the patent.  Mr. Strauss said yes and together on May 23, they received the patient number— wait till I open this book that has the maps, pictures, and the U. S.  patient number from the old United States Patent Office.   (She opens a book.)  It says the number was 139,121 and that was to be  “used for improvements in fastening pocket openings”.  It was issued in the name of Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss & Co.

Davis and Strauss Patent


That same year, Jacob Davis started the double orange stitch on the back pocket for a special design.   It was believed that the thread and the design be the same color as the rivets, but because the information was lost in the earthquake in 1906, the purpose for the color is just a guess.  This feature became a Trademark and was registered with the Patent Office too.
By then Levi Strauss had a large tailor shop in San Francisco for producing Davis’ working pants,   Consequently, the Davis family moved back to San Francisco for Davis to run the shop.  Eventually, Mr. Davis became the manager of the manufacturing plants for Levi Strauss which included the work shirts and the overalls.  He did so, until his death in 1906 in San Francisco.
Now, Johnnie, It’s time for you to go to bed.  We’ll finish this story tomorrow evening.
The next evening when her grandson was again sitting next to her, she began telling the boy about the drama again.  Now I will tell you the drama about Levi Strauss, she told him.
Well! Levi Strauss was born on February 26, 1829, in Bavaria, Germany–a long time ago Johnny.  He had 6 brothers and sisters. And they were very poor because Jewish people were forced to live in certain areas where there were poor housing and few job opportunities.   They were discriminated against; in other words, they were separated and singled out with disfavor.
His father was a peddler who traveled around the country trying to make enough money for his family.  When the father died,  the two oldest bothers left for America where they later opened a dry good’s store.
        What is a dry good’s store mean?
A dry good store sells cloth, clothes, sewing needles and thread, flour, oats and things like that.  But let’s continue with this drama. You remember Jacob Davis?  Well! Levi Strauss was the one who helped Mr. Davis get his patient on his rivets.
Now Levi finally was able to go to New York where he worked for his brothers who already had their dry goods store.  He learned how to peddle from his brothers in in New York.  On his way to San Francisco, he sold all the material his older brother had given him to sell on his trip, except for the canvas like one makes for tents.
        I remember my tent is made of canvas!   Sorry grandma, what happened next?
When he got to San Francisco,  Levi eventually opened up his own dry goods’ store.
One day, a local miner came in the store and asked Levi if he sold pants.  Now, Levi was a smart businessman.  There were a lot of miners working in the mines looking for gold.  So he decided to make pants out of canvass that he had when he left New York.  That is when Levis® were born!!  Johnnie opened his mouth wide and nodded in agreement!!
When he ran out of canvas, his brothers in New York sent him a new fabric, or material–a cloth called denim.   It was the same material he sent to Mr. Davis.   Denim was a soft, durable material which was stronger,  more comfortable, and easier to wear than the canvas material.
In 1872 Levi got a letter from Jacob W, Davis.  Remember that Davis had his own business as a tailor in Nevada and was a regular customer of Levi Strauss because he needed material for his small business in Reno.  In this letter, he told Levi how he made pants for his customers using metal rivets which Levi found interesting and different.
Well! Davis did not have any money for a patient process, so he suggested that Levi pay for the paperwork—it took a lot of money for a patient process and there was a lot of paperwork too.  Levi was enthusiastic about the idea and on May 20, 1870, what happened Johnny?
        That’s when both Davis and Levi got the patient.  I don’t remember the number.
Yes, it was granted to both men.  And the number was 139, 121.
Levi Strauss knew there would be a great demand for his new waist overalls, which was the old name for jeans.  So the factory on Fremont and Market Street was opened with Jacob Davis, after moving from Reno to San Francisco, as manager.
At the end of the 19th century, he left his business to his nephews to run.  Levi had his other business and philanthropic interest to keep him occupied.  He was active in many things.  He was also on the board of several companies.

On September 26, 1902, Levi Strauss died peacefully in his bed.


Now it’s time for bed Johnny.  We will talk more tomorrow about    501® Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans                                               


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