I'm with you on the faded jeans. I always want mine to stay in a near pristine condition. Back in 1969 I loved the heavyness and smell of new Levi jeans. You don't get that today without spending a lot of money.
I'm not with you on the 'sleeping in your own filth' comment. I wash at regular intervals, with or without my missus help.
I'm also with you on buttons.His knowledge is impressive and I reckon he could have easily bluffed his way on this site to being 16 in 1969, if he wanted to.
If you want to keep your jeans(or madras shirts for that matter) from fading quickly, soak them in 1 part white vinegar to 1 part warm-to-hot(not boiling) water. It sets the dye better. I've tried it with my Levis jean jacket and the thing still looks new after about three years and a lot of daily work/wear.
Let's not take ourselves so seriously, folks! Not all of us were there in the beginning, nor wish we were(though it would have been interesting!). Also yeah, some of the younger set on here don't know what life was like in Britain or the US even 20 years ago(never mind 45): the mindset of the public, etc., was so very different than it is now. Looking back on something you weren't there for and judging it by today's standards is misguided at best... but maybe they'll/we'll learn a thing or two on here-- I know I have!
Anyroad, the coffee is making my fingers move a bit too fast here...
On a lighter note, this thread is a pleasure to read for so many reasons. Granted, the more contributors there are the more you have to separate wheat from chaff(such as this post, haha) as far as quality content goes, but it keeps it fresh and entertaining, especially for us young(er)'uns!