Karmelkorn Shoppe 1929 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt




Karmelkorn was an American popcorn retailer founded in 1928 in Casper, Wyoming, by Mr. and Mrs. William O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivans patented their candy-coated popcorn in 1929, and initially, licensed the product to existing confectioneries before creating a chain of franchised Karmelkorn stores. Within four years, the O’Sullivans had 535 stores licensed to sell its product in North America, including candy stores and peanut/popcorn stands. These merchants sold popcorn, caramel corn, and candied popcorn balls out of downtown storefronts and in tourist areas by beaches and resorts in its first generation. Under new owners n the ’60s, it began operating as Karmelkorn Shoppes, and dropped its licensing program and, instead, franchised the new Shoppe storefronts which were popular in suburban shopping malls. In the early ’80s, the chain had 270 stand-alone shops in 43 states, and continued to grow into the late ’90s. With the decline of shopping malls throughout the 2000s and the expiration of leases, the chain eroded, and by 2019, there were just six remaining locations, and of those, only two ended up making it to 2020.



Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size



Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99 30.00
Length 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99 33.98
Sleeve length 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39 10.79

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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