Everything You Need to Know About T-Shirts in 1000 Words

The History of the T-Shirt in 1000 Words

The History of T-Shirts in 320 Words

One-piece “union suits” are cut into separate top and bottom pieces. The top part of the union suit is long enough to be tucked into the waistband of bottoms. Miners and stevedores use the T-Shirt to combat the hot environment. The United States Navy makes the T-Shirt standard issue at around 1918 and are used as undergarments worn under uniforms. The T-Shirt appears in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for the first time in 1922. During the Great Depression the T-Shirt becomes the default garment for many workers. The Wizard of Oz releases the first promotional T-Shirt in 1939. Presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey was the first to put a political slogan on a T-Shirt and it said “Dew-It With Dewey.” Charlie Brown first appears in a T-Shirt in 1950. Following World War II it is common to see veterans wearing T-Shirts with their trousers as casual clothing. Marlon Brando turns the T-Shirt into a fashion statement after wearing one in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951. In 1955, James Dean appears in Rebel Without A Cause in a white T-Shirt making it the symbol of rebellious youth.

Tank tops, A-Shirts (wife beaters), muscle shirts, scoop shirts and v-necks are developed as variants to the T-Shirt. Plastisol ink is developed in 1959 allowing variety in T-Shirt designs. Screen printing becomes the most popular form of T-Shirt printing. Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara graces the T-Shirt of many activitsts in the 1960’s. John Sebastian and Janis Joplin popularize tie-dyed shirts. Jacqueline Bisset appears in the movie The Deep in 1977 and is seen surfacing wearing a white T-Shirt and a bikini underneath – the Wet T-Shirt is born. Thermochromatic dyes are introduced in the 80’s and change color when subjected to heat. In the 90’s, Hip Hop afficianados wear T-Shirts that extend to their knees. Threadless revolutionizes the way T-Shirts are designed and sold online in the 2000’s with their crowd sourcing model of business.

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Build Community

What do you do to help build community? Do you pick up trash when you see it on the sidewalk? Do you help organize events for neighborhood children? Whatever it is, and it can be big or small, it’s important that you help in some way. This shirt from Ban T-Shirts is perfect for those who are active in their community and hope to encourage others to do the same. If you know someone who is dedicated to their community then this is the shirt to get them. You can buy this tee from Ban T-Shirts for $18.50.

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OMG…A Threadless Calendar!

The Threadless Calendar Contest calendars have been printed! And I have to say that Mr. September looks good in his worldwide calendar premier! If you want one of these badboys then email contest coordinator and Threadless staple, ladykat. The calendar costs $15 + shipping. 

Ladykat has got a thread about this running on Threadless so be sure to check that out if you need more information on the calendar – the only 2009 calendar you will ever need! To see the rest of the images found in the 2009 OMG…A Threadless Calendar then be sure to checkout ladykat’s Flickr page. 

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Coty in The 2009 OMG...A Threadless Calendar!