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I'm trying to find a particular type of t-shirt that some on this board might remember. It's basically a ringer t-shirt (contrasting neck and body). The neck trim then forms a two or three inch long vertical stripe down the front. Sometimes this vertical stripe is two contrasting colors. From a distance it almost looks like a henley without the buttons. I think these may have been once used as prep school gym shirts. I used to own one, but who knows where it went? Is there a term for these shirts, and more importantly, a source?

I think J Crew made some knockoffs a few years ago.
 

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Those are great shirts, and I still have one. I know there were numerous makers, but on the shirt I have, which must be at least a dozen years old, picked up on a distant visit to the old school, I am just barely able to make out the faded tag, which reads "Marlston" as the brand. It's also a heavier fabric than a normal t-shirt; somewhere between a t-shirt and a jersey. I hope this helps.
 

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Thanks to PorterSq's tip on rowing, a little internet sleuthing yielded this:



I don't know anything about these guys. I ordered four different shirts. I'll report back when I get them.
 

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Some Old Rowing Shirt Pictures

Smiling Stuart Auchincloss, an oarsman for the Kent School, who will be competing w. his crew at the Royal Henley Regatta.
Location: Kent, CT, US
Date taken: June 28, 1948

Kent School crew resting after time trials.
Location: Kent, CT, US
Date taken: June 1948

Note the "Henley" style shirts with buttons on the placket. Apparently, the henley shirt is so named because this style of shirt was the traditional uniform of rowers in the English town of Henley-on-Thames, home of the Royal Henley Regatta:
International Regatta
Date taken: April 1951
 

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"Drink a highball......."

I always associate those with crew team members. I know what you mean and now I'm curious too as to where to get them.
The Penn Bookstore usually has a milder version of this crew team tee. Milder, in the sense that the vertical stripes are a bit shorter than those sported by Mr. Auchincloss in the photo above. (Barnes and Noble's version of the Bookstore has been erratic in terms of offering the classic styles.) I have a couple of them, but they are unfortunately ready for use as dust rags. Bill
 
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