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Black and white pinstripe shirt with white collar band. Red "LPB" monogram embroidered on left breast, presumably for Louis Philip Billard (1891-1918). Tag at back of neck from the Capital Shirt Company of Topeka, which operated under that name from 1905 to about 1915. Topekan L. Philip Billard (1891-1918) was a noted early aviator, purchasing his first plane from fellow Topekan Albin Longren in 1912. In August of 1917, shortly after the U.S. entered World War I, Billard enlisted in the regular Army and became a test pilot in France, where he was killed in a crash on July 24, 1918.

Creator: Capitol Shirt Factory
Date: between 1905 and 1915

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Item Number: 323016
KSHS Identifier: 1961.143.64

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