When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our new monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt each month.
Clothes are one of those things that I once kept as a firm line not to cross as part of my efforts to restrict my Laura collection to a reasonable size. That totally failed when I discovered how great it is to have a Laura t-shirt on when traveling. It really makes it feel like your trip has already started once you get in your car.
This month’s shirt of the month I got from the CafePress. I’ve been looking into the Little Great Auk from The Long Winter. What the actual species of that mysterious bird had mostly filled my mind, but I decided it was time to go the other way, so I started looking at Great Auks. There were 2, yes count them 2, books that came out in the last few years about the Great Auk. Its story is actually pretty fascinating involving voyages of discovery and flat-out human greed and cruelty. While there was hope for a long time that it was only that no one had seen one, its disappearance finally had to be accepted. A scientist was even able to track down when the last pair were killed. The expression “Gone as a Great Auk” used to be as big as an expression as “Dead as a Dodo.”
I decided I needed a shirt featuring a Great Auk. James John Audubon’s image of the Great Auk is the most famous by far. This one was done from preserved specimens. Although Audubon’s collection was supposed to be the current birds of North America, no one had seen an alive Great Auk for decades before he published his famous book.
I found this shirt featuring the Audubon image on CafePress. You have several choices for styles of shirts I picked this one because I wanted a shirt with long sleeves. It’s a good idea to have Laura shirts of different heaviness depending on the weather. As a warning I’ve had this shirt awhile, but the last two shirts I’ve gotten from CafePress have been EXTREMELY undersized. Other people I’ve talked to have experienced the same thing, so unless something has changed I’d order things at least 2 sizes bigger.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.