If you ever wondered how some of the beautiful program covers of past generations were created, here is a little insight. A.B. Savrann, who illustrated Harvard Program covers in the 1930s provides some insight. For sale recently were a series of large paintings done by Savrann which shows how it was done. The beautiful program vs. Princeton is seen below.
He painted on a large size board, in this instance on a 15″ X 21″ board with an image size of 13 1/4″ X 18 1/4″. On the back of the board, it gives instructions on what size to “shrink” to in order to transfer the image onto a program cover.
A nice close up of the Princeton Tiger.
These rare remaining boards give us great insight into how these special programs were created. It’s too bad the quality of current programs is so poor with simple photos of players featured on most. All the creativity has been sapped out.