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.

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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.

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (2)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (6)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (3)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (4)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (1)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (17)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (7)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (5)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (8)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (15)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (9)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (10)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (11)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (12)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (16)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (13)

levi's 507XX kids jeans jacket jack long john blog etch a sketch member patch vintage original blue indigo type 2 usa made cone mills rivet rivets buttons (14)

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrating my 10th anniversary with Long John this year.