T-shirts are the most common casual wear. Most of us have at least one if not several different kinds and we wear them under our other clothing or with designs and sayings on the front to make a point.
Either way, we took the time to do a little research and came up with 5 interesting facts about T-shirts you might not have known.
The Name is Old
History tells us the word T-shirt first appeared in the 1920’s. Although there are some recorded cases of these shirts being worn as far back as the 19th century, they didn’t enter into the public consciousness until the Flapper Era.
If you take a look at the history of the T-shirt, you’ll see it evolved from a one-piece suit that was worn back in the 19th century under other clothing.
The name is especially significant. In fact, the name T-shirt comes from the design the shirt makes when it’s unfolded.
Hollywood Used Them Way Back
if you enjoy old movies generally and the Wizard of Oz specifically, you’ll be interested to know T-shirts tie in with that classic film. In fact, the very first promotional T-shirt was used for that movie way back in 1939.
Rock Bands Jumped on Board
Way back in the 1960’s, major rock bands like the Rolling Stones and Beatles used T-shirts to help promote tours and record releases. We will bet you can remember a few of these designs. If not, it’s easy enough to find them online or in your local memorabilia store.
A lot of the designs that came out of this era helped T-shirts to become the mainstream product that they are today.
Billions Are Sold
As you can already imagine, T-shirts are one of the most popular selling items in the world today. Back in 1985, research tells us there were 500 million T-shirts sold across the globe. Compare that with numbers for 2010 when that number rose to 2 billion.
One of the most interesting things about hand painted t-shirts is the fact that the designs that can go on them are virtually limitless. This is an interesting way for artists to express themselves and share their cultural heritage.
Some Got Banned
Freedom of expression is one of the principles of our society that everybody holds dear. However, there are those who push it a little too far and have had their T-shirt designs banned. This includes one saying that went all the way back to the Vietnam War and the draft. More recent examples included some less than positive statements about George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
In the end, a carefully thought-out T-shirt makes for an excellent gift on Mother’s Day. These are both an inventive and creative way to tell that special woman in your life you’re thinking of her and how much she means to you. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, jewellery is always something that mom will hold dear and remember for a lifetime.