One of my latest vintage purchases is this original vintage Levi’s Big E 507XX (Type 2) Jeans jacket for kids. These small kids versions are hard to find and therefore rare and true collector items. I was lucky to get my hands on one of them. The jacket has a perfect vintage washed-out look with several different blue tones. This look of a worn-out jacket is really hard to fake or to copy in a denim wash factory. The 507XX jacket, also known as the Type 2, was introduced in 1953. It still has the Red Big E Tab on the right pocket. Inside the jacket you will see the faded selvage and the buttons are stamped with digit #17. As you can see the cuffs were cut-off and the sleeves were folded to the inside to make them shorter, that explains the lines on it. On the back you see that this kids was a ‘Etch a Sketch club member’. To fresh up your mind about this classic kids toy here’s a pic and some additional info about it.
‘Etch A Sketch’ is a mechanical drawing toy invented by André Cassagnes of France and manufactured by the Ohio Art Company, now owned by Spin Master of Toronto, Canada. An ‘Etch A Sketch’ has a thick, flat gray screen in a red plastic frame. There are two knobs on the front of the frame in the lower corners. Twisting the knobs moves a stylus that displaces aluminum powder on the back of the screen, leaving a solid line. The knobs create lineographic images. The left control moves the stylus horizontally, and the right one moves it vertically. The ‘Etch A Sketch’ was introduced near the peak of the ‘Baby Boom’ on July 12, 1960 for $2.99. It went on to sell 600,000 units that year and is one of the best known toys of that era. I used to play with it too when I was a young kid.
As I collect denim jackets, especially patched ones, this is a great addition in my private collection. The jacket tells a story with the ‘Etch a Sketch’ patch. This must be a creative kid from California – U.S.A.