In life, there are few things that remain a mystery to us. But when those little mysteries become un-mystified, generally the world goes into serious melt-down mode at the sheer importance of the new information. The reason for writing this blog is because of the curiosity when I first saw a question being posted in one of the Quora forums. Though it looked silly at first but then even it got me thinking.
You know that little pocket on your jeans? The one that doesn’t really function as a pocket due to its tiny, tiny size, that sits inside an actual pocket which does actually function as such? It’s certainly too small for coins and was around before the age of smart phones.
It’s a Watch Pocket, small enough to keep a pocket watch. It was first introduced by one of the famous jeans brand Levis Strauss to cater for cowboys pocket watches. Back in the 1800s, cowboys used to wear their watches on chains and kept them in their waistcoats. To keep them from getting broken, Levis introduced this small pocket where they could keep their watch protected from the elements and from scratching, while still being easily accessible to check the time.
Since then, watches have moved to the wrist or disappeared completely. Jeans still have the fifth pocket, though, so we may as well make use for it. Here are some common modern uses for the vestigial small pocket:
- Coin pocket.
- Ticket pocket.
- Condom pocket.
- Lip balm pocket.
- USB dongle pocket.
- Gum pocket.
- Lighter pocket.
Never thought such a history behind a tiny tiny pocket on jeans can exist. This has changed my way of looking the things and always wonder about their history.