50s SJS Staff School Faculty Distressed Soft t-shirt Large
Chest 21 in.
Length 30 in.
Content: 100% cotton
Tag Brand: Russell Southern Co.
This awesome tee features a small graphic in the upper left corner that reads, "SJS Staff." SJS may have been a school and this shirt may have been made for the school's staff to wear at an event or as a gift. There are several schools throughout the country that use the abbreviation SJS. Most of them are Catholic preparatory schools that have been named after saints like St. Joseph or St. Jerome.
This shirt looks to be a relic from all the way back in the 1950s. During the early 20th century, t-shirts were almost exclusively worn as undershirts and rarely worn on their own. One exception to this was soldiers post-WWII, who were sometimes seen or photographed in their undershirt tees tucked into their uniform pants. The t-shirt didn't actually start to become popularized until the 50s when heartthrobs like Marlon Brando and James Dean sported them in films like A Streetcar Named Desire and Rebel Without a Cause. T-shirts started to become a political statement and a symbol of rebellion, but printed tees wouldn't take off until the 60s and the invention of modern screen printing, which makes this 1950s keepsake a unique find.
Fits like a modern unisex adult large. This shirt is distressed with several holes throughout, see pics.