Ypsilantians offer brief history lesson (Michigan)

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Around here, history lives on with people's underwear.

Two artists are selling hot pink underwear screen-printed with the word "Ypsipanty" as part of an effort to keep alive the city's historical place in the underwear business.

Linette Lao and Mark Maynard have sold nearly 200 pair of Ypsipanties.

"We were just thinking about Ypsi-positive things that we could make," Maynard told The Ann Arbor News for Sunday editions. To them, he said, the idea was "fun and playful without being disrespectful."

"And it drew on Ypsi's history as an underwear capital," he said.

Ypsilanti, about 30 miles west of Detroit, was home to the Ypsilanti Underwear Co. From its factory on the banks of the Huron River, the company at one time helped link the city's name with underwear.

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