wrangler longjohn westernwearVintage Wrangler Rodeo Clown Pants

This vintage pair of Wrangler ‘Rodeo Clown Pants’ highlighted today is from my private denim archive. The pants was worn by a former popular rodeo clown named Chancy. He used to wore these pants during events in the 1980’s at Ravalli County Fair in Montana, USA.

History Of Rodeo Clowns

A rodeo clown is a performer who works in bull riding competitions. These events are very popular for such a long time. During the 1940’s and 1950’s denim brands as Wrangler and Lee used these events as a marketing tool to promote their clothing. Both brands were strong in providing the right denim styles for original cowboys.

Rodeo events are still popular and organised in The States. Rodeo clowns are playing a critical role in those rodeos events. They entertain the crowds during breaks, but also distracted a bull or horse from fallen riders, so that the injured could exit the ring.

In the video here below you can see a rodeo clown making a backflip over a bull.

Details Of The Rodeo Clown Pants

This vintage rodeo clown pants by Wrangler is made in the late 1970’s, early ’80. The legs of the jeans are cut-off. This was common by those pants as it made the rodeo clown way more flexible. This vintage pair is also decorated with six Wrangler bandana’s to make the pants more colourful. The pants is made with the legendary broken twill fabric. This fabric was introduced by the brand in 1964 to avoid leg twisting. The waistsize is 52, something typical for those pants to make it more clown-ish. The closure of the pants has a top button with the brand logo written in rope style and a zipper. The puller of the zipper has a Western boot which refers to the brands target audience.

On the back of the pants is a big Wrangler blue/yellow patch. This was done so people could see the sponsor of the event from miles. A suspender with rainbow colours was attached so the rodeo clown could wear it easily over his tighter pants. This rodeo clown pants is made in America and carries a long rodeo history.

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wrangler rodeopants longjohn

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wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

wrangler rodeopants longjohn

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Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.