Archive for the ‘Army Navy’ Category

The Best, Most Impressive Art Deco Football Program Ever

August 20, 2017

Absolutely stunning Art Deco football program from the Yale v. Army game of 1928, a game played at Yale. What makes the program exceptional, however, is the imagery on the cover and inside, and the artists who did the illustrations. Internally there is an image done by John Held Jr. and is titled “The Love Life of a Halfback” (pictured). Held was the preeminent artist of the Jazz Age who was widely published in the New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, Life Magazine and Vanity Fair. Held was famous for his depiction of the popular Roaring Twenties dance ‘The Charleston’ and his depictions of college-age women and in particular “the flapper”. The cover illustration and a full-page interior illustration was done by Russell Paterson. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Patterson also popularized 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. The subtle use of pastel colors on the cover is as good as it gets. The illustration is titled “To the Victor” and shows a victorious football player surrounded by young adoring female fans of the era. It is one of the ultimate expressions of the Deco era and evokes images and a time that with F. Scott Fitzgerald popularized in the Great Gatsby. One of the most amazing and impressive college football programs ever produced!

Automobiles of the period were also exceptionally stylish as evidenced by the color Stutz advertisement above, from the interior of the program

Macy’s was also the place to buy your flapper garb!

The John Held, Jr. illustration in the program

We have a nice selection of vintage college football programs, including those with Deco themes on our website:

The Top 10 Best College Football Program Covers of All Time

May 15, 2016

There are many reasons people buy and college vintage college football programs: they went to the college or university; they are looking for a relative in one; or, the simply just love the eye appeal of the cover. With this last reason in mind we offer our top ten favorites images on college football programs:

#10 This vintage Stanford v. Michigan 1949 program was drawn by Don Bloodgood and features the teams mascots in a humorous scene:


#9 Check out these old guys partying on this Stanford v. UCLA Program from 1950:


#8 This Harvard v. Cornell program from 1983 plays off the famous New Yorker’s view of the world but features the Ivy League mascots looking west!


#7 While technically not purely a football program since they played by rugby rules for a few years, this Stanford v. California program is an evocative image of collegiate sports


#6 Washington Evening Star illustrator Gib Crockett illustrated Army v. Navy programs for over 40 years. This classic from 1953 shows an enthused fan ready to play at home!


#5 This 1920 beauty from the classic Harvard v. Yale series shows artful images of leather head players with a brilliant and subtle use of color


#4 The famous illustrator Russell Patterson contributed to the genre of football programs with this Art Deco gem from the 1930 Yale-Army game


#3 This fantastic cover, done by J.D. Whiting, featuring “The Game” brings you back to the sport of 100 years ago with joy


#2 Byrd Epps, a student at Penn (’20), shows a perplexed angel standing atop the earth with a scale in this 1919 Cornell Penn Thanksgiving day classic

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#1 It is only fitting that the greatest illustrator of college programs, Gib Crockett, did this gem of an enthusiastic fan trying to take the goal post home through 30th Street Station for the 1957 Army Navy Game:

We have a wide selection of vintage college football programs on our website:

Alaska Statehood Cover

August 1, 2014

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into law in 1958, allowing Alaska to become the 49th state on January 3, 1959. The Army Navy Football Program of 1958 celebrates this historic act.

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The creative cover shows a view of Alaska from space with the top half covered in ice and the bottom half as earth. A totem pole is featured and shows a composite of an Army-Navy player, a Cadet, a Midshipman at the top.

We have a nice selection of Army-Navy programs on our website including the historic 1958 program:

Army Navy Football Program 1922

February 15, 2014

The Army v. Navy Football Program 1922, a game played at Franklin Field, Philadelphia has one of the coolest Army-Navy program covers of all times, showing an Art Deco era female between a cadet and a mid-shipman

The program is filled with fantastic vintage advertisements of the era including the Corn Exchange National Bank of Philadelphia, The Thompson Gun Company and the Waldorf Astoria. A full page picture of the commander-in-chief Warren G. Harding, the secretary of war, the heads of the Naval Academy and West Point and other Generals and Admirals.

It also has absolutely stunning pictures in the program including a panoramic view of Franklin Field and cadets drilling at West Point. Includes individual pictures of players from both teams and action images of prior games

We have a wide selection of vintage Army v. Navy football programs on our website:

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Carter Hoffman Wooden Collegiate Mascots

January 1, 2012

Carter Hoffman mascots are listed for sale inside the front cover of this 1954 Ivy League football program.

Hoffman was a well-known artist from Los Angeles who made these hand carved mascots for various Ivy League and other colleges in the 1950s. Hoffman also did some mascots for professional sports teams and even some lesser know and more obscure schools. Sold under the name “Carter Hoffman Artcraft” they have become highly collectible. A brochure from the 1950s lists over 120 different schools that they made mascots for.

The mascots are also featured on this Yale-Uconn 1952 program cover. The mascots were available in two sizes, the normal size (catalog item #7) and larger size, called jumbo (listed in the catalog as #8).

The rare Princeton tiger mascot seen above

The now defunct Dartmouth Indian mascot from the 1950s

The company also made bottle pour spouts which replace a cork that has been pulled. The bottles contain the school mascot on the top.

The John Harvard bottle pour stop mascot, above and statue below.

The mascots were produced with two marking on the bottom. One was the name of the mascot. In the example below, it shows the “Dartmouth Indian”. Because these were paper labels, often they are now missing. The other marking is stamped in black ink “Carter Hoffman Original.”

Two pages from an original Carter Hoffman catalog are seen below, showing the location of the business in Glendale, California. The mascots and wine stoppers sold for $24 a dozen wholesale, the jumbo mascots for $7.50 each.

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Carter Hoffman items are sought after by collectors and are difficult to find. There is an active market for them. We occasionally have some in inventory on our website:

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Credit to insidetheparkcollectibles on the history of these rare collectibles.

Ellison Hoover – Art Deco

February 15, 2011

If we had to pick one artist who typified the Art Deco era it would be Ellison Hoover who captured the essence of the period perfectly as seen in the two Princeton programs below.

Ellison Hoover was an American cartoonist of the early 20th Century. He was born in Cleveland and studied at the Cleveland School of Art and the Art Students League. He was a syndicated cartoonist for the New York Herald Tribune. He also worked for the Evening World and Newark Evening News.

Hoover drew the daily strip ‘Mr. and Mrs’ (originally created by Clare Briggs) between 1930 and 1947 for national magazines. The texts were by Art Folwell. He also contributed to Life Magazine, the New Yorker and the Brooklyn Eagle  and worked as a lithographer and painter of landscape scenes. 

Inside the program is one of the most fabulous advertisements for a 1930 Auburn automobile, the Cord. It looks like it comes straight out of a Hollywood movie.

We also see more than a passing resemblance between the cover illustration and the woman pictured in this advertisement for Worumbo Polo clothing:

We have a nice selection of vintage 30’s programs as our website:

How much does condition impact a program’s value?

October 1, 2010

How much does the condition of program impact its value?

QUITE A LOT, is the short answer.

Exhibits A and B are below. Both are 1920 Army v. Navy programs for a game played at the Polo Grounds in New York City in November of that year. Both programs recently sold at auction. The program with the tear in the cover, the center fold loose and a myriad of other problems, sold for only $95.

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A copy of the program in very good condition, with no visible defects sold for more than seven times this price or $750. This is not an uncommon phenomenon. Collectors prize items that are in good to very good condition above those in a poor condition. Many collectors that already own a program are always looking to “upgrade” to a better version.

Exhibits C and D are below to further illustrate the point. The Princeton v. Yale program from 1895 is hard to come by. In excellent condition, it’s worth upwards of $1,000. How much would you pay for a copy with water stains that was literally coming apart at the seams, or as it was described for sale: “It is stained, cover is mostly detached, water damage, holes in some pages, and very brittle (falling apart) paper.  Many pages are detached and loose.”

It sold for $180. These are dramatic examples, but prove the point that condition matters a lot in collectibles.

Our website offers a nice selection of programs in very good condition.

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Famous Football Program Illustrators – Russell Patterson

July 15, 2010

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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Army Navy Football Wartime Programs

July 1, 2010

Our theme this month celebrates the military ahead of July 4th.

Prior to America entering the war the Army Navy Program had a relatively happy cover. The cover illustration was done by the famous illustrator Percy Crosby. Crosby is best known for his cartoon character Skippy, who is featured on the cover. Skippy and Crosby were honored with a US Stamp issued in 1997.


The 1941 program is an historic one as well. There is a classic bow shot of the U.S.S. Arizona on page 180 with the following caption: “A bow on view of the U.S.S. Arizona as she plows into a hugh swell. It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs.” Tragically, on December 7, just one week after this game was played, the Arizona was sunk by bombs dropped by Japanese aircraft with a great loss of life.

1942 featured a cover designed by Lon Keller showing men in action:

1943 is the rarest of the wartime programs:

1944 injected a little humor back into the cover:

1945 shows the famous Victory program being painted by a cadet and midshipman:

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Army Navy Game Football Programs

March 15, 2010

Army v. Navy is one of the great rivalries in college football. The game has had a long association with the city of Philadelphia. 80 games have been played in Philadelphia:

at Municipal/JFK Stadium: 41 games, Navy led 22-16-3
at Franklin Field: 18 games, Army led 11-7
at Veterans Stadium: 17 games, Army led 11-5-1
at Lincoln Financial Field: 4 games, Navy leads 4-0

One of our favorite periods for Army Navy Football covers are the 50s and 60s when Gib Crockett illustrated the covers for games played at Municipal/JFK stadium. Below are some of our favorites starting with 1961:






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