WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26: BLUE JEANS
Profile America — Saturday, February 26th. A man destined to have a profound and lasting impact on the way we dress was born in Germany on this date in 1829. His name was Levi Strauss and he developed blue jeans. Coming to America, Strauss settled in San Francisco to help outfit gold rush prospectors. He established a successful business around a tough, riveted garment — called "denim waist overalls," and became a widely admired employer and member of the community. Today, blue jeans — or Levi's — are part of everything from farming to high fashion and are found in just about everyone's wardrobe. Each year in the U.S., we spend almost $209 billion on clothing, which works out to $672 for each of us. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 145
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1050
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau