|Workers Conference Against Briggs/Proposition 6, |
You have a drawer full of T-shirts at home.
Maybe even more than one!
Don't sweat it.
You are not alone.
I have a few drawers of T-shirts and I can't bear to part with some because of their sentimental value. A few are as unsullied as the day I got them. While most are well loved, threadbare, and stained--but clean!
So why am I writing about T-shirts?
|Gay Freedom Day, 1978|
Though often dismissed as less important than their paper counterparts, T-shirts document particular moments in time through a combination of text, graphic design, and fabric. They are the wearable version of banners, leaflets, broadsides, and posters.
|Lesbians & Gays of African Descent for Democratic Action, undated|
|PAWS, Pets Are Wonderful Support, San Francisco, undated|
|Living Sober, San Francisco, 1986|
|Gay Freedom Day, San Francisco, 1980|
|San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day Parade & Celebration, 1994|
Film historian Jenni Olson brought a great website to my attention. Wearing Gay History has a fantastic database with images of T-shirts and additional information on creators, dates, etc. I have had a wonderful time exploring the images there. It contains photos of shirts from several different libraries and archives.
|Freedom '92 [San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day, 1992]|
The Nancy Tucker T-Shirt Collection (GLC 25) is available through the San Francisco History Center, 6th floor, Main Library.