The History of a T-Shirt
The T-Shirt is comfortable, casual and always in style. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the T-Shirt quickly became an American favorite. Now, a century later, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the T-Shirt remains popular.
The T-Shirt began during WWI. American troops noticed European soldiers wearing a comfortable and lightweight cotton undershirt during the hot European summer days. Compared to the wool uniforms, these undershirts were cool and they quickly caught on with the Americans. By the 1920's, "T-Shirt" became an official word in the American English language with it's inclusion in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. By W.W.II, both the Navy and the Army had included the T-Shirt as standard issue underwear.
John Wayne, Marlon Brando and James Dean all shocked Americans by wearing their underwear on national TV. In 1951, Marlon Brando really shocked Americans in his film "A Streetcar Named Desire" when his Shirt gets ripped off of his body revealing his naked chest.
By 1955, James Dean made the T-Shirt real cool in "Rebel Without A Cause". James Dean made the T-Shirt a symbol of rebellious youth.
In the 60's people began to tie dye and screen print the basic cotton T-Shirt. Advances in printing and dying allowed more variety and the Tank Top, Muscle Shirt, Scoop Neck, V-Neck, and many other variations of the T-Shirt came in to fashion.
The T-Shirt was inexpensive, in style, and could make any statement you cared to print. The T-Shirt came into it's own during the late sixties and seventies. Rock and Roll bands began to realize that they could make significant amounts of money selling their screen printed T-Shirts. Professional Sports caught on and soon the officially licensed screen printed T-Shirt became hot merchandise.
During the 80's and 90's production of the screen printed T-Shirt and the mechanics of screen printing on them increased the volume and availability. Soon the T-Shirt was being called a commodity item in the apparel industry.
In the new millennium, the screen printed T-Shirt has entered cyberspace and is now about to become even bigger. The T-Shirt is well built and it is made to be worn. The screen printed artwork symbolizes the cultural and social climate of our times. The screen printing is state of the art created by true craftspeople. The T-Shirt is a great product. It is comfortable, casual, and always in style.