Archive for the ‘Columbia University’ Category

Graduation Gifts for the Columbia University bound Student

May 30, 2014

Know a recent graduate bound for Columbia University? Or someone who is graduating from this elite NYC school? Looking for a gift idea? How about a great set of marble Columbia coasters:

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Or a great vintage Columbia University Wedgwood plate featuring their iconic library?


Or you can check out hundreds of other ideas on our website:

A New Yorker’s View of the Ivy League

September 1, 2013

Two ivy league football covers of 1983 feature a take on the famous a New Yorker’s view of the world. They are the Yale v. Columbia game and the Harvard v. Cornell program. They feature the mascots for each team including Ben Franklin for Penn and Princeton’s Tiger looking out over the country which is composed of various football conferences.

DSCF8218-001Harvard Yale 1983

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Male Cheerleeders

May 15, 2013

Well, mostly male cheerleaders!


Some nice cover illustrations featuring Yale’ male cheerleaders below:



Yale Penn 1973

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Columbia University Homecoming – Willard Mullin Cover

April 15, 2012

This spectacular cover illustration was done for the Columbia homecoming game played at Baker Field in 1958.

The illustration was done by Willard Mullin a famous sports cartoonist and his nickname was the “Dean of Sports Cartooning”. His works have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, and Time and Life magazines. He was the creator of the Brooklyn ‘bum’, his cartoon depiction of the Dodger players of that era.

We feature a large selection of college football program on our website:

College Acceptance Gift Idea – Ivy League Coasters

March 28, 2012

We recently found a new set of items that collectors and aficionados of college football programs will like. Marble coasters based on old football programs.

The coasters are made of Botticino Marble;

Measure 4 inches;

Feature scenes from vintage football programs;

Are very hiqh quality;

And would make an ideal gift for the alum, upcoming grade or a newly accepted student

We have a nice selection of the coasters available for sale on our website at a cost below what you can buy for in the collegiate stores.

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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.

Lou Little

December 1, 2011

One of the most well known Ivy League football coaches of all time was Columbia’s Lou Little. Little played his college football at Penn. Little coached Columbia for a long time, from 1930 to 1956. Prior to serving as Columbia’s head coach, he coached Georgetown for five years.

The 1970 Columbia Cornell program features Little on its cover

The two biggest wins of Little’s career were the victory over Stanford in the 1934 Rose Bowl and when Columbia beat Army in 1947 snapping a 23-game undefeated streak for West Point.

Little was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960. He also authored a book titled Lou Little’s Football, published in 1934, which describes his football philosophy. We have many nice Columbia programs that have articles about or by Lou Little at our website:


The Columbia Lion

October 1, 2011

The Columbia Lion was adopted as a sports symbol by the Student Board in 1910 following the presentation of a blue and white banner with the motto “Leo Columbaie.” George Brokaw Compton of the Class of 1909 first suggested the idea and the original banner was a gift from the Society of the Early Eighties.

In 1924 the Lion received formal recognition when a 14-ton bronze statue of the legendary monarch was presented as a gift of the Class of 1899 on the occasion of the dedication of Baker Field. The statue stood on a hillside overlooking the “upper” or practice field, but was moved in 1962 and is now gazing over Baker Field from in front of the Chrystie Field House.

Columbia has received numerous offers of live lion cubs to serve as rallying points at football games, but they have mostly been declined. Usually, a cheerleader dressed in lion finery serves this function. However, on several occasions live lions have been rented for Homecoming; the most recent appearances of lions, caged beneath the scoreboard, were in 1963 and 1967.

The above was Taken from Columbia v. Cornell Football Program 1968, pictured below.


We have a nice selection of Columbia University Football Programs on our website:

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Bernard Wall College Girl Illustrations

March 15, 2011

These beautiful illustrations were created by Bernard Wall and feature women of the Ivy League in idyllic poses.

A full-figured Cornell baseball lass:

A Columbia University girl Yachting:

University of Pennsylvania Tennis Girl:

They were created as large chromolitho postcards measuring 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″. Perhaps they were turn of the century college coed sports pin up art? They have an undivided back and were produced by J. I. Austen Fine Art Publishers, Chicago, Ill.

We feature several for sale on our website:

Ivy League Stadiums

February 1, 2011

The Grande Dames of Ivy League football are the historic stadiums of the elite eight. This post we focus on the historic stadiums, listed in chronological order.

Harvard Stadium brings to mind the Roman Colosseum. The concrete horseshow structure was erected in 1903 and was the first reinforced concrete stadium in America. Harvard Stadium is pockmarked with portals over its entire outer surface and is crowned by a colonnade.

Harvard Stadium as depicted on a Wedgwood Tile

Continuing the pattern of concrete horseshoe construction, Princeton’s Palmer Stadium held its first game on October 24, 1914, with the hole team beating Dartmouth 16-12. Less ornate than its predecessor at Harvard, Palmer nonetheless affords the viewer a good look from its fairly steep-rising sides.

Opening one month after Princeton’s stadium the cavernous Yale Bowl opened on November 21, 1914 when the Blue was blown out by Harvard 36-0. The big saucer is about one-half below ground level and can be very murky in the wrong kind of weather.


Erected on the highest point of the campus and dominated by a huge colonnade-topped concrete crescent, Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field was opened in 1915. Those seated high on the crescent side can see far below the waters of Lake Cayuga and beyond the often colorful hills of central New York State.

The most urban of all the Ivy League stadia is Penn’s Franklin Field. Its double-decked brick grandstand furnishes a good vantage point. The current structure has evolved through a number of alterations and the site has been used for Penn sports since 1893. Today’s stadium essentially dates from 1922, with the upper deck completed in 1925.

Franklin Field depicted on an early program

Columbia’s Baker Field is situated at the top of Manhattan and opened in 1923. The green-planked horseshoe was known for a long time as the largest all-wooden college football stadium. The atmosphere is punctuated by such diversions as trains winding their way along a cliff on the far side of the Spuyten Duyvil or a Circle Line cruiser passing through the same channel.

Huge Friday night bonfires on the Green, Saturday’s chicken barbecues just outside Dartmouth’s Memorial Field’s gates, the charm of the small New England village and the golden autumn hills all serve to make a visit to Hanover something special. Tiny Memorial Field opened in 1923 and has seating for only 15,600.

Brown Stadium is probably the least known of all the Iveys. Architecturally the stadium resembles that at Cornell with a large concrete stand 72 rows high on one side and a low concrete visitors’ gallery on the other. Located some miles from the main campus, it is surrounded by residential houses and gives little indication of its city address. It opened in 1925.

Adapted from an article by Bill Stryker which appeared in Yale Princeton program November 6, 1976.

We have lots of vintage memorabilia related to the Ivy League on our website.

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