But modern trends aside, what about the shirts that were printed during the height of Mister Rogers' popularity? While there were surely more, I thought we could take a quick look at a few of the true vintage Neighborhood shirts.
The first two are clearly from the same time period -- according to the copyright shown on the shirt, 1985. With shirts featuring Daniel Striped Tiger and X the Owl, I can only assume that there were others made as well. Possibly Henrietta Pussycat or King Friday?
I'm not sure of a date on other shirt below. The graphic of Mister Rogers and Daniel is a simple print which reminds me somewhat of the iron-ons that were common when I was a kid.
I wonder if this next shirt came from Idlewild. It's the exact same image that is found on the Idlewild ceramic souvenir bank.
I don't know what the story is behind this next shirt. I'm curious to know what the term "alumni" is referring to. Either way, this one comes from 1997.
Next is one of my favorites I've come across. While the ringer-style t-shirt is not one that I wear often, for the sake of nostalgia, I love this shirt. The 1970 copyright makes me wonder if this one if from the same time as the Mr. McFeely shirt seen above.
Last but not least is the shirt that I find most interesting of all. When I was a kid, I had a pair of overalls that had a small Sesame Street label on them. Aside from the small Sesame Street logo, there was no other indication anywhere that this piece of clothing was related to the television show.
Similarly, the shirt below is an official Mister Rogers' Neighborhood shirt, but not the typical piece of merchandise you might expect. At first glance, this shirt looks like many others found in the boys' section of any department store. But a closer looks shows something more.
The tag, a Neighborhood Trolley, says "Welcome to My Neighborhood" while the small tag sewn to the left sleeve features the Trolley as well. Incidentally, it appears that this shirt sold for $9.00.
I'm sure there are many, many other Mister Rogers shirts out there. I'll keep my eyes open for more...