EVOLUTION OF THE T-SHIRT
About the time the U.S. House of Representatives was holding it's first impeachment trial of a President, the U.S. clothing industry was impeaching the old Victorian way of dressing. A clothing revolution was underwear....er, underway.
From this, would come your t-shirt.
At $9.60 a dozen, who's gonna argue.
The "union suit", later "long johns," was originally designed for women.
Hard working blue collar (where did the term "blue collar" come from?) men adopted this garment as their year round underwear ensemble.
During the heat of the summer, they would cut it in two pieces.
The first upper body underwear garment was born.
Then about the time Teddy Roosevelt was running roughshod with his Rough Riders over a little island called Puerto Rico, Sam Cooper, the King of union suit manufacturers (and later the genius behind Jockey underwear), began to manufacture a top pull-over undergarment advertised as the "bachelor undershirt," 'No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread" and "aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills."
Wally's offers No-Feel, No-Peel prints aimed at men with a dislike for decals on their clothes.
As the story goes, it wasn't until F. Scott Fitzgerald referred to this new clothing item as a "T-shirt" in his book, "This Side of Paradise," a title he stole from a line in a published poem, that the folks at Webster's dictionary saw it, liked it, thought it good, and made it official.The U.S. Navy made it part of the official uniform.
The Depression made it practical.
James Dean made it cool.
The Air Corp Gunnery School made it speak
Wally's makes it anyway you want it.