Sam Wilson’s Meat Market 1972 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt




Sam Wilson made a name for himself during the War of 1812 when he was chosen as the provider of meats to the Army of the United States. His meats became famous far and wide, so much so that his nickname, Uncle Sam, became identified with the government in the minds of the soldiers who enjoyed his fine meats while serving. It only made sense that when a Kansas restaurateur needed a name for his new meat centric establishment, that he would call it Sam Wilson’s Meat Market. If the name wasn’t a giveaway, Sam’s did focus heavily on meat, with the KC Strip, teriyaki steak kabobs, barbecued ribs, chopped steak and the jumbo hamburger all favorite items. Fried chicken and fried shrimp also found their way onto the menu, with sides including corn-on-the-cob and deep-fried onion rings. Sam Wilson’s decor was styled after a late 19th century general store, filled with authentic barn woods, antiques, and farm implements. Curtained booths with patchwork quilt wall panels and hanging kerosene-lamp fixtures added to the nostalgic mood, but by the mid-eighties, Sam Wilson’s was closed and reworked to create a new concept.


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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