T-shirt History

OK so I thought I start my blog of with a factual entry. While I was looking into setting up this business I learned lots and I had never really thought about were the t-shirt had come from or begun as it were. So while I was investigating the viability of the business I also learned about the origins of the T-shirt.

The T-shirt evolved from the cutting of the previously worn one piece undergarment called the union suit (Basically a onesy) into a separate top and bottom. I wonder is this also the birth of pyjamas? These undergarments were then adapted by miners and dock workers as they were convenient for hot environment. Workers unloading tea boxes from boats in the harbour of Annapolis, Maryland, used to wear a short-sleeved shirt whose shape looked like the letter T. I suspect  seeing dock workers unloading tea boxes wearing t-shirts helped with the naming. Although its said everywhere that the name be derived from the shape of the t-shirt.

In the 1800s the US Navy soldiers used to wear lightweight cotton shirts that dried easily. They probably noticed the dock workers staying cool in their t-shirts. These shirts could also worn as underwear to shield their clothing from sweat. They became very popular in work parties (Village Peoples- In the Navy obviously played at these parties!), submarines and tropical climates as they allowed the soldiers to stay cool and keep their uniforms clean.

In 1913 the US Navy approved the T-shirt as part of its uniform. The Industrial Revolution then lined the way for the technology that allowed the mass production of t-shirts.  Soon, T-shirts became part of the uniforms of soldiers, workers and sailors. By 1920, the word T-shirt appeared in official US dictionaries.

They soon became popular as a bottom layer of clothing for workers in various industries, including agriculture. The T-shirt was easily fitted, easily cleaned, and inexpensive, and for this reason it became the shirt of choice for young boys. By the time of the Great Depression, the T-shirt was often the default garment to be worn when doing farm or ranch chores, as well as other times when modesty called for a torso covering but conditions called for lightweight fabrics.

Following World War II, it became common to see veterans wearing their uniform trousers with their T-shirts as casual clothing.

They became even more popular after Marlon Brando caused shock by wearing his underwear in plain view in the movie A Streetcar Named Desire. The t-shirt finally achieving status as fashionable, stand-alone, outer-wear garments.

After that t-shirt became popular as everyday wear and I think we would be lost without them! Just think of all the t-shirt you own and all the different designs!

So maybe now your thinking you don’t have enough of these important pieces of clothing…..well dont worry just visit www.foutees.com and stock up!

T-shirt History