Archive for the 'Iron-on Transfers' Category

T-Shirt Designs in the Wild, 1976







See more at the Billings Gazette. I totally forgot about the CB radio craze from about 1975 to 1981, although I loved Smokey and the Bandit and The Dukes of Hazzard. The Wikipedia article doesn’t mention it, but Glen A. Larson’s B.J. and the Bear was another popular series spotlighting the CB.

Micronauts Iron-On Transfers (1978)

Micro 1978-1

Micro 1978-2

Micro 1978-3

Via Chuck’s incredible Micro-Oddities set on Flickr. You go, Space Glider!

Roach Studios Iron-On Transfers (1972 – 1974)

Roach 1973

Roach 1974-2

Roach 1974-2

Roach 1973

Roach 1974

Roach 1974-3

Roach 1972-2

Roach 1972

Roach 1974-3

Roach 1972

Roach 1974

More Roach Studios here.

(Images via eBay)

The Empire Strikes Back T-Shirt Transfers (1980) (Part Two)

ESB Transfer 1980-4

ESB Transfer 1980-2

ESB Transfer 1980-3

ESB Transfer 1980-1

Part one is here.

(Images via eBay)

The Empire Strikes Back T-Shirt Transfers (1980)

ESB 1980-1

ESB 1980-3

ESB 1980-5

ESB 1980-4

ESB 1980-2

ESB Shirt 1980-1

There are two kinds of nerds in this world: nerds who would kill for one of these shirts, and nerds who would… Wait, I stand corrected. There’s only one kind of nerd in this world.

I don’t have words to express my covetousness of the Lando transfer. It stands among the greatest designs ever devised for a t-shirt.

(Images via eBay)

Roach Studios Iron-On Transfers (1971 – 1981)

Roach 1971

Roach 1973

Roach 1973-2

Roach 1974

Roach 1978

Roach Circa 1979

Roach 1981

Roach Back

From shrooms to video games.

(Images via eBay)

Alien T-Shirt Transfer (1979)

Alien Transfer 1979-1

Alien Transfer 1979-2

Alien T-shirt 1979-3

Totally wicked and extremely rare iron-on. I think there were only four transfer designs in total: The egg, the Nostromo, the space jockey, and this one. The Giger-inspired title probably wasn’t recognizable enough at the time—nothing like it appears in the trailer, the theatrical posters, etc.—but it’s unmistakable now.

UPDATE (9/17/14): Jason at Contra Dextra Avenue identified the “Roach” on the transfer as most likely the t-shirt design company Roach Studios—very popular in the ’70s. Check out a vintage ad below.

Roach 1970s




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