Famous Football Program Illustrators – Russell Patterson

Famous artists have illustrated college football programs periodically over the years. One of the better known was Russell Patterson. A celebrated and prolific American cartoonist, illustrator and scenic designer, Patterson’s art deco magazine illustrations helped promote the idea of the 1920s and 1930s fashion style known as the flapper.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Patterson popularlized the iconic images of the Jazz Age and essentially created the “lithe, full-breasted, long-legged American girl-goddess.” His illustrations appeared on the cover of  Life Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

 

Patterson illustrated this fabulous Army v. Yale Program cover in 1932 allowing lovers of college football programs to share in his elegant and fantastic illustrations.

He also did the fabulous Yale-Army Football Program from 1930, seen above, which is titled “A Forward Pass”.

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