Hark, the Herald Tribune lives

Well, technically, the New York Herald Tribune disappeared in 1966 after a merger with the rival Journal American and World-Telegram and Sun; the resulting hybrid lasted less than a year.

Somehow, though, the New York Times Company (which is a part-owner of the International Herald Tribune, which survived the carnage), claims trademark rights in the old weird Herald logo, and has threatened a T-shirt maker with litigation:

The New York Herald Tribune hasn’t been published since the late ’60s and it would likely not be remembered by most were it not for the now-iconic image of original manic pixie dream girl Jean Seberg attempting to sell copies of the paper on the streets of Paris in the 1960 film Breathless (or À bout de souffle for those who insist on such things).

We were tipped off to the fact by the people at custom shirt company Neighborhoodies, who were just served a cease-and-desist on selling their version of the shirt Seberg wears in the film.

Makes you wonder what those Pinched NYT types have against manic pixie dream girls.

Anyway, if you want this shirt, you might want to act now, just in case Jean-Paul Belmondo might be in the neighborhood.


  1. unimpressed »

    18 June 2010 · 6:09 am

    And here I thought that “weird Herald” was a Bill Cosby character……:)

  2. CGHill »

    18 June 2010 · 5:10 pm

    Well, the shirt is not going to be pulled, it appears:

    They don’t sell the shirt, they’ve never shown interest in the mark, so why should they prevent others from enjoying this wonderful bit of film culture.

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