Happy Copper Rivet Day! It was one hundred forty-seven years ago on May 20, 1873, that the copper rivet was patented. Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis collaborated to bring about the manufacture and implementation of what is an indispensable and iconic feature found on every pair of denim jeans. The copper rivet has been a fascinating part of everyday life, and is barely noticed and often under-appreciated. Actually, without the humble little rivet, we may not even have the denim jean as we know them today. Although Mr. Strauss designed and manufactured denim work pants, he found that at critical points of stress during use, the pants would rip and tear. He needed a solution to strengthen them, and this he found in the little rivet invention of Jacob Davis. Like so many other things in life that go so well together, buttons and cards, Girl with Guitar, ink and paper, The Copper Rivet, will be forever united with the clothes we love to wear.