Happy 100th birthday, T-shirt [with list of all-time favs]

Staff ReportsMay 19, 2013 

  • ONLINE: Celebrate the T-shirt

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the T-shirt. In 1913, the U.S. Navy issued crewneck T-shirts to be worn under uniforms. It quickly caught on as an essential — and sexy — piece of clothing. For years, it was called a “Gob” or sailor shirt.

Fun facts:

•  In 1932, the University of Southern California (the other USC) printed “Property of USC” T-shirts for their football players. The tees were promptly stolen, as was the idea.

•  In 1948, the Army created its iconic T-shirt, simply stating “Army.”

•  Famous T-shirt wearers include James Dean, Marlon Brando and Sherman from “The Big Bang Theory.”

CustomInk, which makes custom T-shirts, put together its own list of the 100 most iconic T-shirts. We’re listing the top 20; see the entire list at www.tshirtbirthday.com and find out how you can help out the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. by buying a limited edition military T-shirt.

The top 20 T-shirt designs

1. I (heart) NY

2. Vote for Pedro (“Napoleon Dynamite”)

3. College (variation of the sweatshirt worn by John Belushi in “Animal House”)

4. Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” album cover logo

5. Superman symbol

6. Batman symbol

7. Hard Rock Cafe London

8. Tuxedo style

9. D.A.R.E

10. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

11. Run DMC

12. Che Guevara

13. AC/DC

14. Frankie Says Relax

15. Nike’s Just Do It

16. Bob Marley

17. Ghostbusters

18. My parents went to Las Vegas and all I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

19. Tie-dye tee

20. Grateful Dead


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