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Seinfeld's shirt in the Smithsonian

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November 20, 2004|From Associated Press

Move over, ruby slippers. That puffy shirt's moving in.

An outlandishly unfashionable shirt worn by Jerry Seinfeld on his hit TV show went on display Friday at the Smithsonian in Washington, alongside Kermit the Frog, Archie Bunker's chair and Dorothy's magic slippers from "The Wizard of Oz."

At the end of its nine-season run, "Seinfeld" left lots of well-loved lines but few tangible relics suitable for enshrinement in the National Museum of American History. Thus, the Puffy Shirt, which appeared briefly in a single episode. .

In episode No. 66, comedian Jerry nods politely even though he can't make out what his pal Kramer's girlfriend is asking -- she's a "low talker." Later, to his horror, he learns he's agreed to wear the goofy, puffy shirt she designed when he appears on the "Today" show.

The white shirt, looking like a pirate's ruffled nightmare, was designed in real life by the show's costumer, Charmaine Simmons.

"This might be the first joke inducted into the Smithsonian Institution," Seinfeld noted.

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