Pup 'n' Taco 1965 Vintage Men's T-Shirt



Pup ‘n’ Taco was a privately owned chain of fast-food restaurants in Southern California; the chain’s headquarters were located in Long Beach. The business was started by Russell Wendell in 1956 as a drive-in restaurant that served tacos, hot dogs, and pastrami sandwiches. Russell already owned Big DoNut, a chain of successful doughnut stores in Los Angeles that featured gigantic doughnuts atop a drive-in bakery. The first officially branded Pup ‘N’ Taco was opened in Pasadena, California in 1965. The menu consisted of tacos, tostadas, pastrami sandwiches, burgers, several varieties of hot dogs (the “pup” in Pup ‘N’ Taco), and french fries. Beverages included R.C. Cola, root beer, and a variety of flavored slushes. In January 1972, there were 50 locations. One year later, there were 62 locations. Russ Wendel Sr. designed many of the buildings. Ninety-nine stores in California were bought by Taco Bell in 1984 for their prime locations in pricey real estate markets, effectively ending the chain. However, three operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were not included in the deal and two existed as Pop ‘N’ Taco until closing in the 2010s. With orange and white signs and orange roofed A-frames, Pup ‘n’ Tacos were once a SoCal staple. This design features the original ’60s logo along with an illustration of one of their signature SoCal locations with period-correct muscle cars and tricked out vans to help set the scene.

product details


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

sizing info


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 😎


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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