Archive for the ‘Art Deco’ 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 Cornell Widow Magazine

October 25, 2015

Widow was Cornell’s monthly humor magazine was published by students from 1894 through the 1960s. It’s hey-day was during the Art Deco period, when their student illustrators did spectacular works capturing the zeitgeist of the period. Some example of the Widow from the 1920s and 1930s:



The November 1923 issue cover


The January 1924 cover of Widow Magazine


And an illustration from within the January 1924 magazine


April 1925 Cornell Widow Magazine


June 1925 Cornell Widow Magazine

We have some nice vintage copies of the Cornell Widow for sale on our website as well as other collectibles from Cornell and other colleges.

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Little Codfish Cabot at Harvard – Art Deco Illustrations

May 31, 2015

A lovely little book published in 1924 Little Codfish Cabot at Harvard has a some nice Art Deco period illustrations:


The text is written by Samuel H Orwday, Jr. (Harvard ’21) and the illustrations were done by F Wenderoth Saunders (Harvard ’24). The book tells the story of “Little Codfish Cabot who was born into the precincts of Harvard Yard. His father was a Cabot and his mother was a Cod. The Fish Part is Generic.”


The book tells the story from Cabot’s early childhood until he graduates from Harvard:


The above picture includes the caption, “While still very young he was sent to a New England Church School; but not before he had been soaked with atmosphere – which left him a little foggy because he was so young.”



The above pictures includes the caption, “He persuaded his father to give him an automobile in which he took chippies riding on the river bank; and, when he grew tired of that, to Revere Beach.” Chippies are  promiscuous young women.  Ordway would also write several other books besides the Little Codfish, they include An Elegant History of New York Society for Young Persons of Quality (1927), An Elegant History of Political Parties (1928) and The Intellect is a Brute (1929).


The book is laced with Harvard tidbits including the mention of many clubs, “Because he also made the Phoenix, and the Stylus, and the Signet, and the Hasty Pudding, and the Liberal Club — the last to show he was democratic and an independent thinker,–his father had to double his allowance to pay dues.”

The illustrator, Francis Saunders, began his art training at what is now called the Massachusetts School of Art. He received an A.B. in 1924, an A.M. in 1926 and an Ed.M. in 1934 in Fine Arts from Harvard. In 1925, he received a fellowship from Harvard and spent the year traveling and drawing in Europe. In addition, he studied painting for two summers with Professor Allen Philbrick at the Chicago Art Institute.

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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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College Whoopie Car – Louis Marx & Co

January 15, 2013

“Whoopie Car” made by Louis Marx & Company. Marx’ was a toy company which did business in the United States between 1919 and 1978. Marx’s toys were sold at five and dime stores and also higher end retailers such as Sears and Montgomery Ward. Made of tin, it is a wind up toy.

The car has a nice collegiate design and Princeton and Yale pennants are lithographed onto the rear wheels. The trunk on the rear has college decals for an eclectic group of colleges: NYU, CCNY, Vassar, UVA, Univ of Wisconsin and Michigan?

The original box that the car was sold in is seen below:

Driver is wearing a fur coat, as are the two art deco ladies sitting on the trunk at rear.

The top of the windshield says “Whoopee” as does a sticker on the trunk. Oddly, the box calls it a “Whoopie” car, spelled with an “i” rather than with an “e”.

Two art deco style ladies are sitting on the trunk wearing fur coats

A variation of the toy without the art deco ladies on the back says “Louis Marx & Co.” on the bottom of the suitcase strapped to the front of the car.

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How the other half lived before the Great Depression

February 15, 2012

This beautiful Princeton v. Yale football program from 1929 gives an insightful look into how the wealthy lived just before the great stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression.

The beautiful art deco cover was designed by Russell Patterson, who was one of the premier illustrators of the flapper.

The advertisements within the program tell you all you need to know about the lifestyles of the well-heeled.  How do you get to the game? Well, fly into Westchester County airport on your own bi-plane of course!

Need to buy a new car? How about a 140 hp Dupont Speedster with advanced streamlining. Manufactured in Wilmington, Delaware, it is “Guaranteed to exceed 100 miles per hour”

Or, if you want a European car, how about a Isotta Fraschini made in Milan?

Of course, you can always buy the latest tuxedo (Catoir Vestings) or a smart hat!

The winter is too cold for you in New Haven? Spend it at the Forrest Hills-Ricker Hotel in Augusta Georgia playing Golf, Riding, Tennis or use the two new polo fields.

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Harvard v. Yale Football Program 1931

May 15, 2011

The Harvard-Yale game in 1941 was played at Harvard, thus it should come as no surprise that they are making fun of the Yale traditions of depicting the current captain sitting on the Yale Fence.

Harvard Yale 1931

The program features some very interesting advertisements including this one for skis:


And for this fantastic Art Deco Auburn:

And an advertisement for the Empire State Building, which was just opened (during the Depression).


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The Roaring 20s

April 15, 2011

What would you expect from a football program published in the 1920s in Michigan?

What was Detroit like in 1929? Think of Dubai today or Shanghai; a booming, thriving, growing metropolis.

Advertisements for automobiles and furs in a city that has money to spend.

There is no hint in this glamorous ad that the Stock Market had crashed less than a month earlier. The new Chrysler below will thrill collectors to cap off the Roaring ’20s.

We have a nice selection of football programs from the 1920s on our website.

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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:

The Rolls Royce of College Football – Harvard v. Yale

November 15, 2010

The classic cover of the Harvard v. Yale Football game from 1920 is one of the most sought after by collectors. The leatherheads in action capture the spirit of football for this era.

The program also captures the spirit of the Roaring 20’s with its fantastic automobile advertisements.  You custom order a Rolls Royce of course and this ad lets the well healed readers know that orders are now being taken for the 1921 vintage.

The ad below for the French made Delage automobile captures the glamor of the era:

Although the Fiat pictured below looks decidedly more workmanlike:

We have a nice selection of college football programs available on our website including many from the 1920s.

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