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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Girl's blue jeans, 1970Girl's blue jeans, 1970

In 1973 Brigid McMenamin wrote the Smithsonian: "This may be an unusual request. . . . My favorite jeans will be three years old this spring . . . they're so thin, my mother wants to throw them away . . . is it possible that you may be able to use them in a display?" She had worn the jeans everywhere and had even fought with school authorities for the right to wear them to school. "These jeans aren't art, but they're a sample of costume in America . . . best of all, they're authentic."

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