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May 6, 2008
The t-shirt can be said to have its origin in the Navy when it issued, in 1913, as standard wear to its sailors a short sleeved, collarless undergarment having an extraordinary resemblance to the alphabet "T". And it remained thus till it was raised to the status of an apparel on its own rights when Hollywood's icons were seen wearing them.

Over the years, of more that half a century, the t-shirt has placed its hands, benevolently and malevolently, on practically everybody and everything in every imaginable way. Benevolently when it made people laugh in good healthy humor and when it supported some just cause. Malevolently when it ridiculed for the sake of ridiculing and when it was downright rude and offensive. It has made people stop and think, made them forget their worries by making them laugh and turn away in disgust.

Just as history is said to repeat itself, one of the best things about fashion is that it also has the tendency to revert to an older style, sooner or later - retro, in other words . This is inevitable. Some t-shirts would have necessarily gone out of fashion. These may be political ones, like the one in the Smithsonian Institute that houses the oldest known printed t-shirt with the message "Dew-IT with Dewey" from New York Governor, Thomas E. Dewey's 1948 Presidential campaign.

T-Shirts were and are extensively used during elections. In support of a candidate or to spread a political ideology. It has also been used to ridicule another candidate and/or his policies. Once that particular election is over, those messages usually pass into oblivion. An example would be the "Dew-IT with Dewey" t-shirt used in NY's then Governor, Thomas E. Dewey 1948 Presidential campaign. Others would have carried a joke that was relevant to that particular era or a message or a quote. Some would have pictured an actor, a musician or some such personality.

This is where the concept of "Retro" comes into play and which refers to anything that was once in fashion but had slowly faded away to give place to more contemporary designs and material but are now making a come back. There are retro dresses, there are retro shoes AND there are retro t-shirts. These shirts, like the "Flash Gordon" t-shirts and those that pictured some of the great rock and roll singer or jazz musician of the yesteryears could create a reminiscence that weaves a magical fabric in one's mind's eye. So might some quotes, jokes, pictures or graphics.

Retro t-shirts are just as fashionable as the current ones with their fancy catchphrases and, courtesy the computers, the psychedelic graphics. Some might even make a craze. Fashion is as unpredictable as the weather. Every retro-t-shirt has a message from the past that could be relevant today.

In as much as there is no discrimination of age in the wearing of t-shirts, one with a picture of Louis Armstrong could cloud the eyes of some senior citizen and there lies the potential for great gifts. The demand for these t-shirts shoots up during carnivals and sports events.

Retro t-shirts can now be picked up off the shelf or if there is a picture, joke or slogan from those earlier days that pertains to these times or could make a pertinent statement on some current issue, and if one feels that it should be brought into the open, then the Internet is there to get a customized one made. Think about it, perhaps you might have something that will blaze a trial through the skies.
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Kathy Austin is a writer for an online gallery. Red Bubble enables you to retro t-shirts, and graphic tees and more.
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