The origin of the t-shirt starts with the Spanish-American War of 1898. Crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirts were issued by the U.S. Navy to be worn under a uniform. It became common for sailors and Marines in work parties, the early submarines, and tropical climates to remove their uniform jackets, wearing only the undershirt. It seems the printed t-shirt started to be popular when a 1942 Life magazine cover featured Corporal Alexander Le Gerda wearing his printed Air Corps Gunnery School t-shirt.
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