4/13/11

Vintage Scan #19: T-Shirts!


As a kid in the 1970s, I had a special connection with that most important of all outerwear the T-shirt.  It was its heyday, and people really did wear them as a sort of personal statement. My stoner neighbors wore Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult tees, girls at school were adorned with Shaun Cassidy and Andy Gibb iron-ons, and I wore the hallowed Pete Rose shirt till it was threadbare.  I guess I was a bit of a nerd in my younger days because I also liked to wear my super sexy Close Encounters of the Third Kind t-shirt.

Naturally, as a certified retroist, I am always interested in T-shirt ads from the seventies.  Here's a few pages I scanned the other day. Click on the images to view full sized. Enjoy.

Definitely going to want to click on the above image to get a good look at those tees.  Awesome.

I know that look when I see it.  Mr. Charlie's Angel fan is about to get some sweet sweet action.

Final note: There was a t-shirt iron-on I used to see EVERYWHERE back in the seventies.  It featured a cartoon frog sitting on a toilet, and it had a humorous saying on it which contained an expletive (I believe "shit").  I cannot for the life of me remember what it said and it's driven me nuts for years.  Does anyone out there remember this? Please tell me the saying on the iron-on and put me out of my misery!

16 comments:

  1. I had one with a frog that said "I'm so happy I could just shit!". Like this: http://transfernation.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/imsofrog.html

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  2. I'm so happy here that I could just shit.

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  3. I'm glad that the iron - on transfer was replaced by silk - screen printing. I have a bunch of silk - screened T - shirts from different bands that have lasted much longer than iron - ons.

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  4. FOLLOW UP: The one band on this particular list that has really produced some GREAT silk - screened shirts in recent years is YES. Great reproductions of their album cover art by Roger Dean, including the logo, which I consider to be one of the best in rock history.

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  5. I had a few black Trans Am T-Shirts that I wore almost every day. Back then, the (Smokey and the Bandit) Trans Am was the *only* car that mattered. Love that ELO shirt that chick is wearing.. She's awesome too! :)

    BTW, this has to be *hands down* the best friggin site to visit every few days!

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  6. I had the Cheryl Ladd shirt with her in the yellow Japanese looking jacket thing. Man oh man.

    In the 80s in high school I had a Boston jersey (remember jerseys?) and Led Zeppelin and Doors shirts. People made fun of me for only having shirts from bands that were long gone. Of course Boston released an album later.

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  7. Somewhere in the attic I have a cedar chest full of my concert T-shirts. Alas, a few sizes too small

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  8. Thank you foulard and aaron! At long last! It sounds trivial, but it really stuck in my craw.

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  9. T-shirts are still my clothing of choice. Back in the '70s I'd buy an extra special custom shirt when we went on our yearly vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks. There were tons of T-shirt shops there. Still a few, but probably only a couple that do customs. One of them I had made had a transfer on the front and back, and my nickname on the back. I still have most of them in a closet. I wish I still had my older brother's monster shirt. It was an Ed Roth design back when you weren't cool unless you had an Ed Roth monster shirt.

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  10. Spencer Gifts had one of those iron on machines. I had a Bandit Trans-Am iron-on on a 3/4-sleeve baseball shirt.

    If you actually played baseball, though, that big, rubber iron-on would cause a big, sweaty patch in your chest.

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  11. omg, craig, I'd completely forgotten about that. I remember, you'd pick out the iron-on and the t-shirt you wanted it on. crazy. I know I had a C3P0 shirt and a couple other Star Wars related ones, but nothing else specific comes to mind.

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  12. Those were the days when you could wear a light blue Cheryl Ladd shirt and not be considered totally gay.
    I still wear t shirts today, though not every day of course, only on casual occasions or when I'm going to a rock concert. Today's shirts ARE more durable than yesterday's iron-ons, that's true, but iron-ons looked much cooler, especially when they were brand new.
    By the way, if you want a wide selection of really cool shirts, come to Mexico and buy some bootleg band shirts which have better designs (and are cheaper!) than the official ones. Many have embroidered band logos which look fantastic.

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  13. Righteous! Utterly takes me back to the '70s where I ended grade school, went through junior high, & graduated high school in 1980. T-shirts were everything. I remember all the Jaw Ts & cool vehicle designs. I recall going to get my new school treads & focusing on the NEW T-shirts. If I'd had my way, that's all I would have bought. This, in itself, could be a new regular feature of your blog.

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  14. Epic post. Brought back a lot of memories. My downstairs neighbor had that Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders calendar and I had forgotten all about it until now.

    Thanks

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  15. T-Shirt Mania was still popular, in the 80`s too

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  16. I used to wear a Fonzie T-shirt when I was in Grade 7. On the way home, the older kids would ask me to do The Fonz! It was one of my rare moments of coolness.

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