Walter Mitty Shirt

“I-I think we’re lost, Mitty,” said young Shaw, shivering. It had been hours since they’d heard the comforting ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa of the forest service helicopter. Smiling, Mitty unbuttoned a shirt pocket and withdrew map, compass, and knife; from a narrow compartment in the pocket he produced a folding fishing rod. “Dinner.” He announced. Then, unsnapping the other shirt pocket, he pulled out two carob-date bars (“dessert”) and a double-wide hammock rolled into a ball (“bad”). Shaw’s eyes dampened. “You–you’ve saved our lives,” he blurted. “Pshaw, Shaw,” said Mitty, grinning his lopsided grin. “It’s all in ta-pocketa-pocketa…

The copy from the Spring 1988 catalog for the Walter Mitty Shirt is not taken directly from the James Thurber story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” but is a clever play on the ta-pocketa-pocketa wording in the story to sell a shirt with super cool secret pockets. This cotton twill shirt has hidden pockets with snap closures behind the front pockets, with underarm gussets with small ‘button holes’ for ventilation. 

Photos courtesy Gary Pinkerton.

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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