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“Once There Were Billions” t-shirts now available!

From June 24, 2014 – Jan 3, 2016, the Smithsonian Libraries presents “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America”. The exhibition, on display in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, focuses on the story of the last Passenger Pigeon, the disappearance of the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen and how they reveal the fragile connections between species and their environment.

Now you can remember these four great birds while supporting the Smithsonian Libraries. Purchases of this shirt, which features iconic images of the extinct species, directly benefits programing for the Libraries’ exhibitions.

OTWB shirt
Once There Were Billions shirts available through TFund.

In addition to the “Once There Were Billions” design on the back, the shirts show off the Libraries’ new branding on the front. They are available in both adult and youth sizes through TFund.

These shirts will only be on sale for a limited time – 30 days! So get them while you can, before February 21st! Purchase yours now to support the Libraries and remember America’s extinct birds.

OTWB t shirt design draft

For more information about “Once There Were Billions”, visit the exhibition’s webpage  or read about it in our previous blog posts.


  1. Ellen

    The graphic is on the back? Is there anyway it can be placed on the front?

    • Hi Ellen,

      Yes, this design features the main graphic on the back of the shirt. If there’s enough interest perhaps we can do another design with the graphic on the front.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Jackie

    Are these shirts… “Once there were billions” still available for purchase?

  3. Jackie

    No need to reply… Just had to read on to get my answer

  4. Amy Hopkins

    I would buy this if the graphic was on the front

  5. about the t-shirt design above, I would argue for the back design, it’s looks not simple, but not so bad #justmyOpinion

  6. Susan Lane Keleher

    Are T-shirts available again as the Exhibition runs until Jan 2016. I certainly hope so. When I first say the film on PBS I cried and cried and watched the film over and over for as long as PBS offered it which was years ago. Thank you, Suzy Wu

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