Jumbo The Elephant King (1860-1885) was born in the London Zoo, but soon developed the ability to understand and follow some of his trainer's commands. Soon, PT Barnum heard stories about this impressive elephant, and traveled to Europe to investigate. Impressed by what he saw, Barnum wanted to know if it was possible to have the elephant climb on to a platform on command.
He offered the elephant's trainer three months' salary if he could demonstrate the feat before Barnum left to go back to America. By the end of the week, it was done. In 1865, Jumbo The Elephant King arrived to make his debut in New York City. Of course, Barnum advertised him as the largest elephant in the world, and soon had press agents delivering stories and photos to papers across the country.
When PT Barnum took Jumbo on tour, he tried to make sure all corners of America had a chance to see his elephant. This shirt design is based on a tour circa 1870-1875, when Jumbo had a routine synchronised to music. Being Barnum, he sold souvenier pins, post cards, and figurines with the likeness and name of Jumbo. The effort proved enormously successful, and brought in nearly obscene amounts of revenue.
Of course, with the relentless marketing, the name, Jumbo became an every day American word for anything larger than expected.
.: 100% Airlume combed and ringspun cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
.: Light fabric (4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²))
.: Retail fit
.: Tear away label
.: Runs true to size