Archive for the ‘Famous People’ Category

Norman Rockwell Football Programs

October 1, 2017

Whoever was responsible for producing Dartmouth Football programs in 1981 had class and style. Recent covers have become bland and the schools take the easy way out by simply putting images of players on the cover. The Dartmouth 1981 programs are a different deal. The school reproduced a series of football covers that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. The Cornell Game is a Normal Rockwell image that appeared in the Post in 1956 showing two baffled players and a goofy referee:

The Dartmouth Princeton game features an adaptation of a Rockwell Post image from 1925 showing two younger players with leatherhead helmets:

The third (Brown v. Dartmouth) is not a Rockwell illustration but one done by Frances Hunter, which appeared in the Post in 1930. Stylistically he was very similar to Rockwell:

We have a nice selection of Dartmouth football programs on our website, including the 1981 Dartmouths:

Richard Nixon – College Football – Whittier

September 15, 2013

Our future 37th President Richard Nixon played football while attending Whittier College. This nice 1932 Whittier vs. La Verne College program features Tricky Dick as a player. He is listed as #29 and his position is Tackle.

Whittier 1932

Although Nixon almost never played, he is a member of the Whittier College Athletics Hall of Fame.

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

Tommy Lee Jones – Harvard Football

July 1, 2013

Actor Tommy Lee Jones was a Harvard Man! In fact, he played on their football team and is pictured in their programs from 1968. Jones played offense guard on the undefeated 1968 Harvard team. He is pictured in the programs of that year, including the Dartmouth game below. 1968 was the season of the famous 29-29 tie against Yale. His career plans are listed as “Undecided.” In the photo entry he’s named “Tom Jones” though in the roster he’s called Tommy Lee Jones.

Harvard Dartmouth 1968

While at Harvard Jones lived across the hall from the internet’s inventor Al Gore and he received a degree in English in 1969.

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Joe Paterno the Football Player for Brown University

September 15, 2012

Joe Paterno, the legendary and now infamous Penn State football coach played his college football at Brown University between 1946 and 1949.

A picture of Paterno from the 1948 Yale program:

We have a nice selection of football programs, including many from Brown, on our website:

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Pop Warner

May 1, 2012

Glenn Scobey Warner, also know as “Pop” Warner was a legendary football coach who coached at six schools in total including Cornell from 1897–1898, 1904–1906 and at Stanford from 1924-1932. He won the national championship while at Stanford in 1926. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951. Warner also helped start the popular youth American football organization, Pop Warner Little Scholars.

Warner is pictured in all the Stanford programs from 1924-1932.

Warner was honored with a US Postage Stamp in 1997.

We have a nice selection of Stanford programs, some of which include Pop Warner:

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Famous Illustrators – John Held, Jr.

May 14, 2009

John Held, Jr 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”. 


Held’s images were done in an angular stype. His scantily clad flapper was accepted by scandalized elders as the prototype of modern youth, the symbol of our moral revolution….Week after week in Life and Judge and College Humor, they danced the Charleston with ropes and beads swinging and bracets clanking and legs kicking at right angles…

yp-1927 A Yale Princeton Program from 1927, cover design by John Held, Jr.

Held lived for a long time near Yale in Westport, Connecticut.  He was also known for infusing his works with a sense of humor, which is evident in the Yale v. Princeton program he did for Yale in 1927 with his depiction of a Chinese football player being cheered on by Yale and Princeton fans.


Harvard v. Yale Program 1928

Held was also known for his maps/illustrations including the one in the Harvard/Yale Program above.  He also did illustrations on Trout Fishing, Winter Sports, Americana, The Sportsman’s Map of Florida, Saratoga Springs.



Many of Held’s illustrations featured his unique sense of humor and buxom women or people living the life of sin:


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John Wayne in College Football Programs

April 14, 2009

It took us a while to stumble upon this, John Wayne played college Football for U.S.C. in the 1920s. As a collector of Stanford Football Programs, it was a treat to find him in this Stanford v. U.S.C. program from 1926:


Born Marion Morrison and featured in the program as such, you will no doubt recognize that distinctive face in this action shot from the program:


We also spotted John in a 1939 Navy v. Dartmouth football program, this time as an actor instead of an athlete. The program features a full page advertisement for a new movie “Allegheny Uprising” co-starring Claire Trevor.



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‘Rummy in the Ivy League

April 1, 2009

Donald Rumsfeld as a footballer?

Indeed. Before he would go on to fame (or infamy depending on your political point of view), Donald Rumsfeld was featured in an Ivy League Football Program.

The 1967 University of Pennslyvania v. Princeton Program coinidently happens to have one of our favorite covers on it, featuring the Princeton Tiger mascot holding up a box of Quaker Oats with the face of the Penn mascot of Ben Franklin.


The program also features a two page write-up detailing the career of then Congressman Donald Rumsfeld (Princeton ’54).  The 35 year old congressman looks clean-cut as you would expect. Rumsfeld was then in his third term as a congressman from “Illinois’ fashionable North Shore”.



Rummy was the captain of the Tiger 150-pound football team (read: lightweight) and of the wrestling team as a senior. Since the lightweight team and the wrestling team didn’t publish programs, this is a rare feature having the future Defense Secretary appear in a program.

Prior to serving as a congressman he served as a Flight Instructor in the Navy, an organization he described as “the most important entity in the world today”. You can see even then, Don was quite modest!

He goes on to be quoted in the program as saying “I have great interest in Congress as an instrument of government”, which is ironic since he would go on to ignore that particular branch of government while Defense Secretary.

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Columbia University Football and Lou Gehrig

March 8, 2009


Everyone knows Lou Gehrig as one of the greatest baseball players to ever live. What most people don’t know is that Gehrig also briefly played football while attending Columbia University. Gehrig is seen practicing at Columbia above in 1922.

Lou went to Columbia on a football scholarship to pursue a degree in engineering. Before his first semester began he played summer professional baseball under an assumed name, which was not legal.

Gehrig was discovered after playing a dozen games for Hartford in the Eastern League. As a result, he was banned from intercollegiate sports during his freshman year.

During the 1922 season, his sophomore year at Columbia, he was allowed to participate in sports again and Gehrig played right half back for the Columbia Lions football team.


The 1922 Columbia and Cornell program, seen above, lists the future Yankee Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, although he is not pictured in the program.

Gehrig played for the Columbia baseball team in 1922 as well. It was while playing baseball at Columbia that Gehrig was discovered and signed to the Yankees the following year, 1923. He never graduated from Columbia.

Columbia programs from the 1922 season are highly collectable due to Gehrig’s affilation with the team.

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The Kennedys and Football Programs

February 8, 2009

Bobby Kennedy played football for Harvard in 1945, 1946 and 1947 Harvard Programs. His picture can be seen in Harvard program from this period, making them more collectable and valuable than other programs of that era.


From the Harvard-Dartmouth 1947 program:


1963 Stanford-California Football Program also has special significance. The game was scheduled to be played November 23, 1963, but was postponed a week to the assassination of John F. Kennedy the day before.


Ted (Edward) Kennedy played for Harvard on the 1955 team, seen here from a Harvard-Princeton Program of the same year:


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