Federal Reserve Octopus Vintage Short-Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt
$24.00 - $34.00
The original cartoon of this image was made in 1912 by a fella named Cozier, who, among other things like running an innovative cement company, wrote a book warning everyone about a particularly pernicious banking scheme that the Republican party was attempting to push through Congress.
This "Aldrich plan" named after Rockefeller flunky and son in law Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, died when control of Congress changed that year. It was of little consequence, however, as the Aldrich plan was rebranded as the Federal Reserve Act the very next year, and passed while most of Congress was away on Christmas vacation in 1913. The Federal Reserve Act, which is now the law of the land, made some minor populist-minded adjustments to the original, like making the federal government a nominal partner in the new banking cartel system to palliate the progressives, but in practice kept the banking oligarchy that hatched the whole scheme in power.
Cozier's cartoon has been seen for years, and aptly illustrated the very real power that the Federal Reserve exerts today. However, his original cartoon labeled the long-tentacled mollusk "National Reserve Association" from the Aldrich Plan. We updated the labels, refined the graphic, and made it into these unique graphic t-shirts for you!
These soft vintage-feel t-shirts come pre-washed and pre-shrunk to minimize shrinkage, making sure that your size and color will hold up with time. Tight ringspun yarn makes the t-shirt feel lighter than the regular cotton T-shirt, and is a lot softer and more durable.