T-shirts of vintage book covers


32 Responses to “T-shirts of vintage book covers”

  1. Anonymous says:


    THE Naked Lunch?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wait, WHAT books will be sent? Envisioning a continent of Readers contemplating apple corers as a solution to constipation.

  3. PeaceNerd says:


  4. sapere_aude says:

    I immediately went to the site and started putting shirts in my shopping cart; and then had to remind myself that I rarely wear t-shirts except around the house. And, when wearing a t-shirt around the house, I choose comfort over style. So, although I’d love to have some of these, I will be pragmatic and resist the materialist impulse. (At least for now.)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know how they license something like this? Or does this fall into the public domain?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great logos. I particularly liked the one for “Final Blackout”, an obscure post-apocalyptic novel first published in 1940. It shows how good a writer L. Ron Hubbard was before the onset of Dianetics and Scientology. It was also written before he joined the Navy in WW2, where he attacked mexico.

  7. cdwillis says:

    These are fantastic, but $28 seems a little outrageous.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “I can think of two things wrong with that T-Shirt!”

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m partial to the Tom Swift children’s book covers licensed on T-shirts here:

    Of course, I’m biased as that’s my work.

  10. bonzerinc says:

    First, there’s The Naked Lunch. Then, there’s 560 boxes of donated text and library books. Being sent to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Although it’s set in northern Nigeria, how can I not think of:

    God, this is an awesome moment. The last stronghold of unhip resistance is out of sight, under 8 million hardbound copies of The Naked Lunch. It’s all over! We’re coming home!

  11. zikman says:

    I love the sweaters. I really want the 1984 one.


    Hmmmm… nothing by Edmund Wells.

  13. frogmarch says:

    Why don’t they sell the Lolita one in kids’ sizes?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Why is there is a different selection of books for the women’s t-shirts and the men’s t-shirts?

  15. Anonymous says:

    I saw these a while ago and think they are spectacular. Especially Catcher in the Rye which I always found to be an attractive cover.

  16. querent says:

    Hopefully the book pictured on the shirt is not the one sent. I shudder to think that African school kid’s could be struggling to make sense of Naked Lunch.

  17. sing it, baby says:

    I’d love to see “James and the Giant Bottle of Peach Schnapps” on a T.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I would have liked a women’s Slaughterhouse-Five shirt :(

  19. Anonymous says:

    No kids “The Lord of the Flies?”

  20. Anonymous says:

    The terminally hip dismiss with a preemptive ‘meh’, detecting perhaps too close a relationship with ironic vintage tees of yore.

    Or maybe they’ll remain obscure enough to be enjoyed (gee thanks BB).

    Taken on their own, they’re pretty great.

  21. hollyvarah says:

    I have the Moby Dick version of this shirt- the best thing about it is it’s SOOOOOOOO soft. I’d imagine the steep pricetag has something to do with the book donation, no?

  22. Anonymous says:

    The tshirts look great but I’m always careful about the donation of goods overseas for these reasons:

  23. jaime_l says:

    i have always coveted the penguin books/thin man tshirt in this video


  24. freshacconci says:

    Although it’s not my favourite Orwell book, the Animal Farm tee looks amazing. I never saw that cover before.

  25. Dave Faris says:

    I’m so spoiled by Shirt.Woot and their prices, that I can’t justify spending $28 for a t-shirt, no matter how cool they might be.

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