Patriotic “Never Forget” T-Shirts with Eagles on Them: A Historical Retrospective

When tragedy strikes, vendors of every age pull out their screens, dust off a few patriotic slogans and start printing t-shirts.

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

King James I brought back the old traditions of screen printing to celebrate the execution of Guy Fawkes, who had utterly failed to blow up Parliament. The newly established East India T-Shirt Company established a triangle trade: American cotton was traded for printed t-shirts in London, which were traded for cheap pirate memorabilia in the Carribean, which was then traded for more cheap American cotton.

4 Comments on “Patriotic “Never Forget” T-Shirts with Eagles on Them: A Historical Retrospective”

  1. ActualButt #

    The RNC had been a printing a shirt for awhile now that said “Never Forget, John Edwards is the Father!” and it worked!

    However, their “Never Forget, his Middle Name is Hussein” shirt has proven to be less effective.


  2. S75 #

    I wouldn’t so much speak of already forgotten as much swetp under the rug (but I don’t seriously see how that can be possible), clearly not the same.
    I remember watching a porn flick that, instead of credits or titles, faded in with an Old Glory and the (apparently now standard) “never forget”. Not knowin’ what to make of it at the moment (I still don’t) and not having any stake on the validity / sincerity of such display decided to take it as a serious thing, but I couldn’t help to think that at some point we’d get to see ads exploiting such patriotic trends. It makes me wonder what would Bill Hicks (or Lenny Bruce for that matter, certainly there are many whom I’d like to hear say something on the subject) have to say about that.
    But milk ad has to be a joke.


  3. lee OTI Staff #

    8/29/97 – NEVER FORGET

    Or wait…is it

    7/24/04 – NEVER FORGET

    Darn those time travel paradoxes.

    (Don’t get it? Look it up.)


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