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OBAMA MAKES HISTORY: Barack T-shirts are hot stuff at Camden Market

PUBLISHED: 13:50 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

T-shirts on sale in Camden Market

T-shirts on sale in Camden Market

CROWDS flocked to Washington to witness Barack Obama s inauguration on Tuesday, creating a mini boom in the US economy. Ticket sales for the event and hotel bookings soared as America s first black president was sworn in. But across the pond in Camden Tow

CROWDS flocked to Washington to witness Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday, creating a mini boom in the US economy.

Ticket sales for the event and hotel bookings soared as America's first black president was sworn in.

But across the pond in Camden Town, another mini boom has been taking place. Sales of Obama T-shirts in the Camden markets have rocketed in the build-up to the big day.

As many as 20 are flying off the shelves at some shops and stalls each day, making them bigger sellers than the ever-popular Che Guevara motifs.

"The Obama T-shirts are selling really well, I guess because he's so famous and the event is so huge," said Asef Ayub, 32, manager at Unique Gifts.

And Jawan Boss, 18 from the Dollies shop, said: "At the moment we only have one left, which is not bad at all."

Obama fans can find a number of different designs sitting neatly among the racks of London Underground signs and rock 'n roll memorabilia.

The most popular T-shirt is a smiling grey portrait of Obama on a white background, shortly seconded by a cartoon caricature.

Even so, the general public still have their favourites, with sales of Ramones, Rolling Stones and Superman T-shirts still out on top.

Mr Boss said: "It doesn't sell nearly as well as the Superman T-shirts. He's got a long way to go before he gets to that level.

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