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.

The British monarchy soon had reason to regret its promotion of the t-shirt trade. When British soldiers opened fire on American civilians in Boston, Paul Revere and his associate Tom Paine created a new and incredibly popular line of Common Sense t-shirts that helped finance the American Revolution.

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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