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From Margaret Thatcher to Immanuel Kant, the shirt has been a timeless symbol of intellect and influence throughout history

Background imageShirt Collection: Ivor Novello / Profile

Ivor Novello / Profile
IVOR NOVELLO (Ivor Davies) Welsh actor of stage and screen, playwright and composer

Background imageShirt Collection: Margaret Thatcher 1925-

Margaret Thatcher 1925-
MARGARET THATCHER nee ROBERTS First woman to be British Prime Minister (Conservative) 1979-90

Background imageShirt Collection: Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)

Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)
985820 Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink) by Berger, Anthony (fl.1861-65); 10.1x6.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Abraham Lincoln)

Background imageShirt Collection: Immanuel Kant (Dobler)

Immanuel Kant (Dobler)
IMMANUEL KANT German philosopher

Background imageShirt Collection: Gunner John Radford looks as if he had a ripping time in the Arsenal-Liverpool game

Gunner John Radford looks as if he had a ripping time in the Arsenal-Liverpool game. September 1972 P007246

Background imageShirt Collection: Bruce Springsteen in concert at Wembley, London, 3rd July 1985

Bruce Springsteen in concert at Wembley, London, 3rd July 1985

Background imageShirt Collection: People salmon netting at Bideford, Devon

People salmon netting at Bideford, Devon
Four people standing in the water salmon netting at Bideford, Devon. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageShirt Collection: ARROW SHIRT COLLAR AD. American advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker for Arrow Collars & Shirts

ARROW SHIRT COLLAR AD. American advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker for Arrow Collars & Shirts
ARROW SHIRT COLLAR AD. American advertisement by J.C. Leyendecker for Arrow Collars & Shirts

Background imageShirt Collection: KIERKEGaRD, Soren (1813-1855). Danish philosopher

KIERKEGaRD, Soren (1813-1855). Danish philosopher and theologist, precursor of existencialism. Painting

Background imageShirt Collection: Modern Neanderthal, conceptual image

Modern Neanderthal, conceptual image. Computer artwork representing what a Neanderthal might have looked like today had the species survived

Background imageShirt Collection: Removing T Shirt

Removing T Shirt
Smiling brunette, with perfect teeth, begins to remove her t shirt

Background imageShirt Collection: Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician

Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician and physicist

Background imageShirt Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageShirt Collection: James Keir Hardie / Postcd

James Keir Hardie / Postcd
JAMES KEIR HARDIE British labour leader and politician

Background imageShirt Collection: Kashmir Shawl Dress 1810

Kashmir Shawl Dress 1810
Red evening shawl dress created from a Kashmir shawl has short puffed sleeves & is worn over a habit shirt. She carries a green shawl & wears a pearl bandeau in her hair. Date: 1810

Background imageShirt Collection: Male Riding Dress 1813

Male Riding Dress 1813
Double-breasted cut-away coat worn open to reveal a white waistcoat with stand collar, shirt frill & white stock, leather breeches with falls, top boots, spurs & top hat

Background imageShirt Collection: John Vivian of Pencalenick, John Opie (1761-1807)

John Vivian of Pencalenick, John Opie (1761-1807)
Oil on canvas, English School, around 1780. A portrait of a young John Vivian of Pencalenick (1772-1817). Vivian later became a Barrister and was High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1812

Background imageShirt Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London
A woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, at Kennington, London, wearing belted jacket (summer uniform), helmet with badge, white shirt and tie, and duty armband. Date: 1933

Background imageShirt Collection: Blouse made from a silk escape map, 1940s. Creator: Unknown

Blouse made from a silk escape map, 1940s. Creator: Unknown
Blouse made from a silk escape map, 1940s. During World War II many materials were unavailable to the public because of government rationing

Background imageShirt Collection: Poster advertising the Palace Hotel at St. Moritz, 1921 (colour lithograph)

Poster advertising the Palace Hotel at St. Moritz, 1921 (colour lithograph)
1197947 Poster advertising the Palace Hotel at St. Moritz, 1921 (colour lithograph) by Cardinaux, Emil (1877-1936); 127x90 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Swiss, out of copyright

Background imageShirt Collection: Nick Davies foreign editor of the Daily Mirror talks to Nick Fullagar. 28th October 1991

Nick Davies foreign editor of the Daily Mirror talks to Nick Fullagar. 28th October 1991

Background imageShirt Collection: Music cover, When I Fall in Love, Nat King Cole

Music cover, When I Fall in Love, Nat King Cole
Music cover, When I Fall in Love, music by Victor Young, words by Edward Heyman, recorded by Nat King Cole on Capitol Records. 1952

Background imageShirt Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Stage Manager

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Stage Manager. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageShirt Collection: James Abram Garfield (1831-1881). American politician. 20th

James Abram Garfield (1831-1881). American politician. 20th President of the United States (1881). Portrait (1881) by Ole Peter Hansen Balling (1823-1906). National Portrait Gallery. Washington D.C

Background imageShirt Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageShirt Collection: Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform

Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform
Woman police officer (Eileen Greenwood) in the new Surrey uniform introduced in 1973. The jacket was single-breasted with four buttons, and the hat was in black and white with a checked design

Background imageShirt Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, London. She also had three brothers in the police force. In 1922, during the period of the so-called Geddes Axe when the government of the day

Background imageShirt Collection: Young man in a suit and without shirt lying on a couch

Young man in a suit and without shirt lying on a couch

Background imageShirt Collection: Young man in a suit and without shirt kneeling on a couch

Young man in a suit and without shirt kneeling on a couch

Background imageShirt Collection: Young man in underwear with headphones in colorful light

Young man in underwear with headphones in colorful light

Background imageShirt Collection: Rene Lacoste in play at Wimbledon

Rene Lacoste in play at Wimbledon
Rene Lacoste playing Hubert de Morpurgo in the fifth round of the mens singles. In 1926 and 1927 Lacoste was the top ranked player in the mens game

Background imageShirt Collection: Birmingham City on the shirt for the 1956 FA Cup Final at Wembley. 5th May 1956

Birmingham City on the shirt for the 1956 FA Cup Final at Wembley. 5th May 1956

Background imageShirt Collection: Leslie Howard as RJ Mitchell in The First of the Few

Leslie Howard as RJ Mitchell in The First of the Few
Leslie Howard (1893-1943) photographed on the film set for The First of the Few, in which he played the Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell. 1942

Background imageShirt Collection: Stunt woman rides through flames on motorbike

Stunt woman rides through flames on motorbike
Sue, 23, one of a team of stunt women, rides her motorbike through a twenty-foot long tunnel of burning hay bales. Wearing only a T-shirt and hot pants she entered the tunnel at 60 mph

Background imageShirt Collection: Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London

Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London
Woman police officer Annie Matthews (nickname Big Ben), on duty at the childrens lido in Hyde Park, London. Before joining the Met Police, Annie worked as a housemaid at Glamis Castle in Scotland

Background imageShirt Collection: Romanian Women - Traditional costume

Romanian Women - Traditional costume
A pair of Romanian women, in traditional National costume. A particularly fine example of the highly-decorative embroidery emplyed to decorate the skirts

Background imageShirt Collection: Young man in white shirt and blue jeans jumping

Young man in white shirt and blue jeans jumping

Background imageShirt Collection: Young man wearing an open plaid shirt in a backyard

Young man wearing an open plaid shirt in a backyard

Background imageShirt Collection: LUCILLE BALL (1911-1989). American actress and comedienne. With husband Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)

LUCILLE BALL (1911-1989). American actress and comedienne. With husband Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) in a publicity photograph for the television series I Love Lucy

Background imageShirt Collection: Naqshbandi Muslim praying with prayer beads, Lefke, Cyprus, Europe

Naqshbandi Muslim praying with prayer beads, Lefke, Cyprus, Europe

Background imageShirt Collection: Woman police officer Kathleen Saville, London, WW2

Woman police officer Kathleen Saville, London, WW2
Woman police officer Kathleen Saville (joined January 1940), on duty in London during the Second World War, seen here at a railway station helping a group of child evacuees find their train

Background imageShirt Collection: Advertisement, Levi Strauss copper riveted overalls

Advertisement, Levi Strauss copper riveted overalls
Advertisement for Levi Strauss copper riveted overalls, featuring Levis Electric Rodeo -- the Talk of Treasure Island. The figures are all hand-carved likenesses of famous rodeo people in authentic

Background imageShirt Collection: David Moorcroft, British runner

David Moorcroft, British runner
David Moorcroft (b. 1953), British middle-distance and long-distance runner, signing an autograph at a fun run in Penzance, Cornwall

Background imageShirt Collection: BODMER: SIOUX CHIEF. Wahk-Tä-Ge-Li, or Big Soldier, a Yankton Sioux Native American chief

BODMER: SIOUX CHIEF. Wahk-Tä-Ge-Li, or Big Soldier, a Yankton Sioux Native American chief. Aquatint engraving, c1844, after a painting, 1833, by Karl Bodmer

Background imageShirt Collection: Oliver Cromwell, 1867 (oil on canvas)

Oliver Cromwell, 1867 (oil on canvas)
985100 Oliver Cromwell, 1867 (oil on canvas) by Leutze, Emanuel Gottlieb (1816-68); 145.1x107 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Oliver Cromwell. Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868). Oil on canvas

Background imageShirt Collection: Evening full dress 1807

Evening full dress 1807
Evening full dress, woman wearing plain blue dress, cut low and square at front, fastened in the center with a broach, white satin sleeves caught up with broaches, trimmed with swansdown

Background imageShirt Collection: Advertisement, George Kent Athletic Clothing

Advertisement, George Kent Athletic Clothing
Advertisement, George Kent Shirt Maker, Hosier, Glover & Outfitter, Athletic Clothing Manufacturer, Fenchurch Street, London. 1900

Background imageShirt Collection: Hawaiian shirts display at market place

Hawaiian shirts display at market place



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From Margaret Thatcher to Immanuel Kant, the shirt has been a timeless symbol of intellect and influence throughout history. Just take a look at the signed photograph of Sigmund Freud in his sepia-toned glory, confidently donning his favorite shirt. Meanwhile, people in Bideford, Devon can be seen salmon netting while sporting their trusty shirts - practicality meets style. In American culture, the iconic Arrow Shirt Collar ad by J. C. Leyendecker showcased the elegance and sophistication that came with wearing Arrow Collars & Shirts. Even philosophers like Kierkegaard found solace in their shirts as they pondered life's deepest questions. But it doesn't stop there; shirts have transcended time and even species. Imagine a modern Neanderthal proudly displaying his conceptual image on a shirt - bridging the gap between our ancient ancestors and contemporary fashion. Shirts have also graced the backs of brilliant minds like Leonhard Euler, who revolutionized mathematics with his genius theories. And let's not forget James Keir Hardie, whose postcard immortalizes him in his distinguished shirt attire. The versatility of shirts is truly remarkable; from Kashmir Shawl Dresses in 1810 to Male Riding Dress styles in 1813, these garments adapt to various occasions without compromising comfort or style. So whether you're removing your T-shirt after a long day or suiting up for an important event, remember that this seemingly simple piece of clothing carries with it centuries of history and significance.