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History of the T-shirt

T-shirts evolved from undergarments worn in the 19th century, originally one-piece underwear and later tops and bottoms often with buttons. During the latter part of the 19th century miners and dock workers adopted T-shirts to accommodate hot working environments.

According to Wikipedia more contemporary slip on T's without buttons appeared sometime between 1898 during the Spanish-American War and 1913 when the U.S Navy began issuing them as standard undergarments. They soon became popular with many laborers and young boys. By the 1920s the word T-shirt appeared in the Merriam Webster dictionary.

One of the earliest examples of print, decorated T-shirts was related to the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz". By the 1950s more companies began decorating  T's with graphics and logos. And by the 1960s the T-shirt emerged as a fashion staple for youth and rockers. The 1960s also included the emergence of tie-dyeing and screen-printing. The T became a medium for wearable art, advertising, souvenirs and protest art.

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Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center

An early printed T-shirt


Sailor Arnold R. Fesser in 1944 (Wikipedia)

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photo: Joe Shlabotnik

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T-shirts now for sale on


We've been busy creating T-shirt designs with graphics from our clip collection. We now offer 38 unique T-shirts for sale on our site.

We've partnered with a US based company in California to fulfill our orders. We researched many fulfillment companies and found them to provide the best balance of overall quality, price and fulfillment services.

T-shirts are printed with a Direct to Garment (DTG) method of printing. The process generates photo quality prints. Ink is absorbed into the garment and looks sharp even after many washes. This method of printing tends to work best on lighter colored shirts. Though darker colors look good they may not appear as vibrant.

In the future we hope to offer additional products featuring graphics from our clip collection. Stay tuned . . .

If you purchase a T-shirt from and send us a photo of you wearing the shirt we'll Thank you with a discount on your next purchase of T-shirts or clipart from our site.

Thanks for visiting and we hope you have a very Happy 2017!

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