Men’s Ticking Shirt

The men’s Authentic Ticking Shirt debuted in Fall 1985 (AFTER the Women’s Ticking Shirt in Spring 1985)and continued through 1987. The popular, sturdy shirt came in Navy and Khaki Olive stripes. The stripes are three-part, two thin stripes on either side of a thick stripe, exactly like mattress ticking.

From the catalogue: “Apart from opposing Uncle Sam when he was itchin to establish himself as the big new kid on the block, our adversaries in the Spanish-American War were no fools: Their uniform for Cuba and the Philippines was rayadillo–100% cotton mattress ticking. (Our boys, for their part, suffered in wool shirts held over from the Indian campaigns.) Rayadillo was light enough to vent perspiration and reflect the sun, but rugged enough to repel mosquitos and tropical vegetation. We’ve revived this first-rate fabric, pre-washed it to remove any trace of stiffness, and enlisted it in a shirt even a Rough Rider would be proud to commandeer.”

Ticking Stripe Shirt

In Fall 1988 the shirt changed to “Ticking Stripe Shirt” in four colors. Note the stripe is solid and the pockets have no buttons.

About The Author

Robyn Adams
Robyn's fascination with Banana Republic began in 1984 when her Alaskan adventurer father began buying the clothing and giving her the catalogs. She loved the clothes and as an artist she was drawn to the illustrations. She went on to study illustration at art college in BR's hometown of San Francisco and worked for years as a background artist for animation. She is now based in Oakland, CA as a graphic designer and illustrator with Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.

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