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This is one of the jewels in the crown that is my collection of daunting photo-litho polyester disco shirts from the 1970s. The background, in off-white, consists of collaged pages from an antique Sears catalog. The shirt is so well printed, you can read it:
The reason why I recognize them is that the Index of American Design is part of my work's collection, and I administrate the rights to those images as part of my job. I even have a copy of the old book these images were cut from at my desk, and refer to it frequently. See that Rooster? Here's what a proper photograph of the rendering of the rooster looks like:
Haw, I just gave myself permission to post this!
That's not a photograph of the carousel rooster, that's actually a painstakingly exact watercolor and pencil illustration! I highly recommend following the link above to read more about the Index.
But the final irony in my owning and loving this garment is knowing that if somebody today asked for official permission to make this shirt using our photos, they'd have to contact me, and I'd have to say no. (**UPDATE: this is no longer true; we've changed our policies.) And my department would have said no back when this shirt was made, too, so this is a fun, unauthorized product. To me, this shirt is the epitome of early 1970s, antique-obsessed, disco fag style.
Next: bowdlerized Gauguin polyester shirt!