Anyone growing up during the late 70's-80's, would remember how popular Iron-On transfers were! Iron-Ons were photos or artwork of pop culture characters or phrases that were heat-pressed on to shirts. You could "design your own shirt," meaning you can pick the color and style of the shirt for your choice of Iron-On. (my personal favorite being the baseball tee shirt)They really made Iron-Ons of everything and we mean EVERYTHING. Ranging from Sesame Street all the way to X-rated. (anyone remember Buttwiser?)
Still around today, the Iron-On transfer is a sheet of paper. One side is peel-off paper, and the other is the image that is transferred.
After placing it on the fabric and applying heat, the image is transferred to the fabric. Iron-On transfer paper is available for use with home computer printers. Commercial quality heat transfer paper used in a heat press will yield much better results than store bought transfers applied with a home iron.
Where did they sell these custom made Iron-On shirts and sweatshirts? The boardwalk of course! And wow did they have Iron-Ons in almost every store on the boardwalk. Did you ever get an Iron-On shirt made? What was it?
Let's take a look at some classic and not so classic Iron-Ons from the past in the gallery below.