The day jeans were patented – level 2
Levi Strauss was a German immigrant who came to the United States in 1847.
In 1853, Strauss traveled to San Francisco, where he opened his business with fabric.
In 1872, Strauss received a letter from a tailor named Jacob Davis. Davis invented a new method to keep trousers together in parts where they usually ripped during heavy work. Davis was looking for a business partner to help him patent the idea.
Strauss and Davis got the patent for their invention on May 20, 1873.
The first jeans produced by Strauss and Davis were made from denim, which is a strong cotton fabric.
Jeans quickly became popular among miners and cowboys who needed strong trousers for their work.
Over time, jeans became a symbol of American culture and were worn by people of all ages and social classes.
Difficult words: fabric (material for making clothes), tailor (a person who makes men’s clothes), invent (to have a new idea for something), miner (a person who works under the ground and brings up coal, diamonds, or gold).
What role did Levi Strauss' German heritage play in the success of his business?
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