When a gentleman with an 88-inch (223.5 cm) waist drops in requesting a pair of trousers, it is a very large order in every sense of the word. It demands special consideration to be sure, and there is always the threatening possibility of pandemonium and disruption to production schedules with such an extensive job going through.
Nevertheless, the Fly Manufacturing Company, Shelbyville, Tennessee, frequently handles this Herculean task with the utmost ease. For Mr. Jolly Johnnie Webb of neighboring Morristown possesses a waist of that magnitude and wears Fly trousers exclusively.
Mr. Webb, probably known more specifically as “the world’s fattest man,” weighs 745 pounds (338 kg) He is 38 years of age and a lifelong resident of Tennessee. The photograph reveals Johnnie reposing in his “comfy” chair. The Fly Mfg. Co., and its subsidiary, the Eureka Pants Mfg. Co. are among the earliest manufacturers of work garments, pants, and overalls in central Tennessee.
Modern high-speed sewing equipment has played an important part in assisting this company to retain its remarkable reputation for quality.
Approximately 7-1/4 yards (6.6294 m) of 36-inch (91.44 cm) material is necessary for each pair of Johnnie’s trousers.