I used to wear them all the time ... the kind with pictures on the front that say things. Recently, I'm feeling like I want to be a little more stylish, but I still wear one when I go to the the gym or yoga. And I, like the statistics below, have several that I cannot throw out for sentimental reasons.
T-shirts haven't always been around. Someone had to design the first one. And here is how the story goes in this article.
In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the “before” photo, a man averts his eyes from the camera as if embarrassed; he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned its flaps together. In the “after” photo, a virile gentleman sports a handlebar mustache, smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. “No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,” ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills. Someone in the U.S. Navy must have seen the logic in this, because the following year, the quartermaster’s office specified that sailors should wear undershirts with no buttons under their uniforms; soon thousands of men became acquainted with the comfort of the cotton pullover.
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Here are a couple of my T-shirts I can't throw out.