Pen in hand: Vintage Tehachapi T-shirt: Is there one in the closet? | Lifestyle

T-shirts are typical American clothing that has been around for about 125 years. This week, I’ll show you some vintage Tehachapi T-shirts, including photos sent by his long-distance friend Kirk Smith. From 1981 to 1998 with his wife Terry and Stallion Springs.

T-shirts woven for the human torso, commonly referred to as tunics, have been around for thousands of years, but the familiar cotton T-shirts we know and love have a new origin. There is a story.

Around 1900, the Cooper Underwear Company published a new “single undershirt” magazine ad for unmarried men who lack tailoring skills or wives who have them. The ad first showed an image of a sad man who lost everything. I unbuttoned my underwear and fixed it safely. Second, the second photo shows a dashing companion who is proudly wearing new clothing that is flexible and can be worn simply by putting it on his head. With the slogan “No safety pins — no buttons, no needles, no threads”, it has established itself as an ideal solution for single men struggling to sew.

When the U.S. Navy began issuing T-shirts to seafarers as undershirts in 1913, T-shirts became more popular, and the first image of many who wore only T-shirts without outer shirts was the Navy’s Working Group. This is an early photo of. Popularity grew only through the years of the Great Depression, World War II, and so on.

By the 1950s, plain white T-shirts had become a popular outfit for teenage boys in the United States. It was used as an undershirt under other shirts during the colder months, and was used alone during the rest of the year. During the decade of the 1960s, the rise of printed T-shirts featuring company logos, political slogans, band names and more.

From the 1970s to the 1980s, all sports teams, music festivals, sporting events, travel destinations and more offered T-shirts with designs, symbols and logos. This is when the earliest Tehachapi branded T-shirts were created. Kirk’s Tehachapi shirt dates back to the 1980s.

“The first shirt I sent was characterized by gentle grass hills and oak trees with rainbows. I think the round grass hills and oak trees are characteristic parts of Tehachapi. Second shirt Is from the 25th anniversary of Mount Tehachapi. At the 1988 festival, this shirt will be almost 35 years old. The next shirt will be Mercury Graphics to celebrate the first car show related to the 1996 Mountain Festival. Created by. I put the Sunbeam Tiger in the car show. The last shirt was “I had Tehachapi made in 1992. I had it made for my father who was a big fan of Laurel and Hardy. Kirk’s father was a truck driver who was also a fan of Tehachapi, and he was the first to oversee the newlyweds. From Kirk and Terry to Tehachapi in 1978.

Around 1995, when more than 2,000 trees were planted in the Tehachapi area, I posted a photo of a beautiful Tehachapi tree T-shirt made for people who participated in a tree planting project in the area. The shirt belonged to George Nobinger.

The other shirt was made by the former Tehachapi casual wear store Hodads Surf Shack, which was on Tehachapi Boulevard in the early 2000s and was a favorite of locals, including myself. His band, Highline, was named after the street where most of the band members at the time lived.

Dear readers, what about you? Do you, your family and friends happen to have a vintage Tehachapi T-shirt? If so, please send me a photo of the shirt you are wearing or laid out flat. Celebrate the Tehachapi community and its classic American clothing, the soft cotton T-shirt.

Have a nice week.

Jon Hammond has been writing for Tehachapi News for over 40 years. Please send an email to


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