This tee shirt features a coloured copper engraving of Dr. Schnabel (trans. Dr. Beak), a plague doctor in seventeenth-century Rome, published by Paul Fürst, ca.1656.
Plague doctors were real. During the outbreaks of bubonic plague that ravaged western Europe in the seventeenth-century, plague doctors took to wearing this very bizarre looking outfit to protect them from the ‘bad air’ that they believed carried the disease. It normally consisted of a full-body leather or waxed-canvas garment, large crystal glasses, and a large beak containing aromatic spices or dried flowers. These strong smells were meant to block the ‘bad air’.
These doctors also often carried a wand. The wand was used in issuing commands such as ‘take a urine bath’ and as a point of contact between the plague doctor and the patient. It acted as a social distancing tool.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for face masks has led to shortages in many parts of the world. And, while most of us do not enforce social distancing using a wand, we do try to maintain a 2 meter distance from others.
We offer a number of other versions of plague doctor tee shirts in our Geeky Tee Shirt store. They are among our top selling tees.
This heavy cotton tee has the classic cotton look and feel. Casual elegance will make it an instant favorite in everyone’s wardrobe.
.: Classic fit
.: 100% Cotton (fibre content may vary for different colors)
.: Light fabric (5.3 oz/yd² (180 g/m²))
.: Tear away label
.: Runs true to size
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