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Old Navy goofs on University of Iowa T-shirt

[ 1 ] November 30, 2011 |

By Jens Manuel Krogstad, Des Moines Register

Hawkeye fans should look twice before snagging that gold University of Iowa women’s T-shirt at Old Navy, a national clothing retailer.

The shirt lists U of I’s founding year as 1820, even though the university was founded in 1847, a year after Iowa became a state.

Screen shot from Old Navy's website.

The v-neck shirt sports the word “Hawks” running diagonally across a shield. Beneath the coat of arms logo, it reads “Iowa” and “1820.”

One online commenter gave the design a thumbs up, but said the factual error trumped the shirt’s attractive looks.

“I thought this University of Iowa shirt was really cute when I saw it in the store today, but didn’t buy it because it says 1820 on the bottom,” the commenter said.

The comment from “hawkfan” was posted on Oct. 29. As of this morning, the T-shirt was still available on Old Navy’s website.

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