The T-shirt celebrates its 100th birthday this year so we thought we'd give you the history of this simple yet personal and much loved article of clothing.
|US Navy issues first T-shirt in 1913|
US Navy issues crewneck T-shirts to be worn under uniforms. An American icon is born.
|T-shirt hits the dictionary|
1920: T-shirt Hits the Dictionary
The word “T-shirt” is officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The definition of T-shirt is a collarless short-sleeved or sleeveless usually cotton undershirt; also: an outer shirt of similar design.
|Students start stealing T-shirts|
1932: Making it Fashionable
Students steal T-shirts from their own football team when the University of Southern California prints “Property of USC” on the athletes’ workout clothes.
|Clark Gable Drops the T-shirt|
Men everywhere follow Clark Gable’s lead in It Happened One Night. After revealing his bare chest, T-shirt sales plummet 75%.
|Life magazine features printed tee|
The Air Corps Gunnery School logo is featured on one of the earliest printed T-shirts for the July 13th cover of LIFE magazine.
|The first political T-shirt|
New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey’s campaign presses “Dew-it-with-Dewey” for the 1948 presidential election.
|Marlon Brando Gives Tees a Boost in Popularity|
The T-shirt gains popularity as an outer garment after heartthrob Marlon Brando wears one in A Streetcar Named Desire.
|Tie-Dyed Shirts Were Groovy|
1969’s Woodstock positions tie-dye T-shirts as the voice for one’s individuality and the emblem for the era.
|Logo Becomes Symbol for "New" New York|
1977: "I ♥ NY" Revitalizes City
In an almost eureka moment, designer Milton Glaser sketches “I ♥ NY” on a napkin and the logo appears on T-shirts soon after.
|T-shirts as Protest|
To overrule censoring of the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song “Relax,” label owner Paul Morley prints “FRANKIE SAY RELAX” on T-shirts.
|Hypercolor T-shirt Rage|
1991: Heat Sensitive Tees
The Hypercolor T-shirt, created in the ‘80s, reaches its all-time peak selling more than $50 million worth of shirts in a four-month period.
|World Record Tees|
Sanath Bandara breaks the Guinness World Record for the “Most T-shirts Worn at Once” wearing 257.
|Happy Birthday T-Shirt|
So, Happy 100th Birthday to the T-shirt! You've given us some great memories. Who knows what the next 100 years will bring?!