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All Hat: 1939

All Hat: 1939

June 1939. Birney, Montana. "Dude playing a slot machine." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Slot machine

This one, with a different handle unfortunately.

Levi's 501s

I bought my first pair of Levi's button fly jeans at the Union Men's Shop in Windsor, Ontario, in 1965. They cost $5.15 in Canadian dollars then. The day this Shorpy picture was posted I bought a new pair near Seattle, as shown in this photograph, on sale for US $ 39.95. With the inflation calculator and current exchange rate, it works out to CDN $50.00. I have been fortunate to wear the same size 30 inch waist for fifty years. The "shrink-to-fit" 501s still use a heavy rigid denim.

No cattle?

Maybe the livestock are gathered around the baccarat table?


Same as me! But they're almost always just even sizes, so it's usually 32 and a belt.

Montana Slim

Our photo subject has a 31-inch waist.


I thought the LoC was being very casual. It took a while to realize the caption meant dude as in a dude ranch, not as in "duuude."

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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