Join or Die 50 States Snake Classic 40s T-shirt

Liberty Maniacs

Join, or Die is Benjamin Franklin's political cartoon published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. It's the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America.

The original was actually a woodcut showing a snake severed into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initial of a British American colony or region. The cartoon appeared along with Franklin's editorial about the "disunited state" of the colonies, and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity.

During that era, there was a superstition that a snake which had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset. This is Dan McCall's modern interpretation.

These tees are our super soft, light weight, vintage short sleeve crew necks. They have amazing colors that go great with jeans, a sport coat, or even hanging out at the pool in Bermuda shorts and sandals. 

  • Piece dyed, garment washed
  • Runs a little small, order size up for roomy fit
  • Supremely soft, superior quality jersey knit
  • Side seamed, classic 1940s t-shirt
  • 40's 100% Egyptian Cotton Jersey (Crazy tight weave here, fellas.)



Length 27½ 28½ 29½ 30½ 31½
Width 19 20½ 22 23½ 25

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