80s Knight Deposit Pawn Shop Gay Bar New York t-shirt Medium

Chest 18 in.

Length 26 in.

Content: 100% Cotton

Tag Brand: Screen Stars

This black graphic tee is from the Knight Deposit and it features the tag line "Not just another pawn shop". The slogan is 100% accurate as the Knight Deposit was actually a New York gay bar that was located at 938 Amsterdam Avenue. The shirt also features a chess board image surrounded by the words "cruise, bar, pool tables, and games". The location was once a bar called Fells run by Tommy Fell and his mother Agnes. When Agnes died and Tommy retired, the bar transformed into the Knight Deposit, breaking ground as the first gay bar in the area.  

There's not much information surrounding the history of this former gay bar as it was later transformed into a spot called Night Cafe. Still, The Knight Deposit existed during a time when gay nightlife thrived as members of the LGBT community sought refuge and community amongst the tragedy of the AIDS crisis. This shirt acts as a historic souvenir from the colorful gay nightlife of the 80s.

Fits like a modern unisex adult medium. There is discoloration on the front and a repair near the collar, see pics.


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