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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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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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A new car for $665!

September 24, 2009

These nice advertisements are from the Army v. Navy Football Program from 1936, played in Philadelphia. The program includes fabulous ads for new cars:





This fabulous Lasalle sold new in 1936 for $1,1675


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Yale Program Advertisements 1923

July 22, 2009

Even the advertisements from this Yale program of 1923 are stylish…






Interesting. A meter that mounted on the front of the car to keep track of it overheating…




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Harvard Yale Football Program 1926 – The Great Gatsby?

July 19, 2008

The Harvard-Yale Football program of 1926 captures the mood of its era better than any other college football program we have ever seen. The game was played shortly after F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925.


The program is chocked full of ads showing the latest fashions, particularly for women of the 20s.



What better captures the spirit of the Jazz Age than these fabulous pictures?

A Pierce Arrow ’36 series, anyone?

I’m headed out to Eastern Long Island now!

Oh yea, and the program also does some perfunctory coverage of the game itself, including the dashing captain P.W. Bunnell on the Yale Fence.

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