Hi Sven -- the sad thing is that I can imagine younger engineers saying to themselves "Bell Bottom Trousers -- what are they?"
I recall having ones that wrere 22" around the bottom -- looking back that really was a pretty ridiculous style (not as silly as the platform shoes, of course) -- now I'm wondering what my father thought about it all :-)
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