003TM - Tarawa Mermaid T-shirt - FALL 2018 (Second Edition)
*****NOTE: THIS ITEM IS PRE-ORDER ONLY SO PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org AND YOUR NAME AND SIZE WILL BE ADDED TO THE STORE. ANTICIPATED COMPLETION DATE OF 10/31/18.****
Many have seen the April 17, 1944 LIFE Magazine issue with the iconic USN trumpeter wearing a Seabees t-shirt with cartoon bulldozer graphic (see fifth picture). For a long while that design was the only version of a Tarawa tee we had ever seen. A few years back Victory-1945 was fortunate enough to acquire an original WWII Seabees Tarawa mermaid graphic towel (see fourth photo at left), a beautiful design that we felt would translate well to a t-shirt that could have easily been worn by U.S. Navy on the wartorn atoll.
Victory-1945 has faithfully redrawn this graphic, slightly enhancing its details but keeping to the art deco feel of the original.
This war-era tee is being offered in a limited Second Edition run of Pre-Orders only and is silk screened on a Runabout Simple Milk (off-white) t-shirt with jet black water based ink (Note: Sizes S - M use a smaller scaled graphic than Sizes L - XL to maintain accurate proportions - see photo 2 where size M is at left and L is at right). Each shirt comes with a dual sided graphic hang tag, hand inked with tee specifications and the edition number, which is attached to a vintage USN brass laundry safety pin with patriotic red, white, and blue twine.
This design is 100% Made in the USA featuring the best period correct t-shirt available. Runabout Goods Simple Tee is 100% tubular cotton, pre-shunk (sanforized), with traditional 1940's fit, blind stitch hems, 3/4" bias cut rib collar with 1/8" double needle cover-stitch, and is Made in Los Angeles, CA.
****A brief history on Tarawa:
Tarawa is an atoll and the capital of the Republic of Kiribati, in the central Pacific Ocean. It comprises North Tarawa, which has much in common with other, more remote islands of the Gilberts group; and South Tarawa, which is home to half of the country's total population. The atoll is best known by outsiders as the site of the Battle of Tarawa during World War II.
During World War II, Tarawa was occupied by the Japanese, and beginning on 20 November 1943 it was the scene of the bloody Battle of Tarawa. On that day United States Marines landed on Tarawa and suffered heavy losses from Japanese soldiers occupying entrenched positions on the atoll. The Marines secured the island after 76 hours hours of savage fighting at a cost of nearly 1,000 American dead before the Japanese defenders surrendered. On Tarawa, the Seabees landed with the Marines and in a mere fifteen hours put a shell-pocked airfield back into operation.