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Hell's Angels jacket, 1960sHell's Angels jacket, 1960s

This denim jacket was worn by a member of the notorious Hell's Angels motorcycle gang, which mingled and occasionally clashed with the hippie counterculture of San Francisco during the 1960s. In 1989 this jacket arrived at the Smithsonian with a letter: "The enclosed . . . is an authentic jacket owned by Hairy Henry or Hank as he was more commonly called. Each patch bearing a man's name was worn in memoriam for his lost brothers. Hank has since passed away and I felt you were the appropriate entity to receive this jacket. . . . I hope you share my belief and give this a place."

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