Archive for the ‘Football Programs’ Category

Will Hollingsworth – Art Deco Illustrator

February 7, 2019

Will Hollingsworth (William R. Hollingsworth, Jr.) was an artist who worked during the Art Deco Period. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hollingsworth died by his own hand at the age of 34. We were recently inspired by his work, which graces some programs in the early 1930s. The prime specimen is the gorgeous Harvard Yale Regatta program from 1932, pictured below. In particular, the subtle and understated use of color stand out.

The Princeton Yale program from 1931, below, is another example of Hollingsworth’s work. The cover illustration is based on an original painting which was given to the writer of the best essay for a contest. Will graduated from the Art Institute in 1934 so these works were all done while he was a student.


Another example of his work, this time in an advertisement, also shows off his subtle use of color:

The Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, where he lived, has a large collection of Hollingsworth’s work. We have a nice selection of vintage programs from various schools and universities on our website:

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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:

Collectableivy featured in Country Living Magazine

August 29, 2015

We are pleased to once again be featured in the September, 2015 issue of Country Living Magazine, highlighting our expertise in vintage football programs in their resource guide.



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Rodin’s “The Thinker” College Football Program Cover

May 1, 2014

This vintage 1948 Harvard v. Dartmouth football program has an interesting cover illustration. Dartmouth’s mascot at the time was the Indian. The theme for this Harvard home game program cover was the Dartmouth mascot holding the pose of Rodin’s “The Thinker”, and he is pondering play formations for the game.

Harvard Dartmouth 1948

Dartmouth v. Harvard is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, dating back to 1882. The cover was done by longtime Harvard illustrator A.B. Savrann, who illustrated covers in the 1930s and 1940s and signed his name on them as “Sav”.

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

The Game – Harvard Yale Football

November 15, 2013

In anticipation of this year’s 130th playing of “The Game” we look back at the 1974 football program. 1974 featured the “Real Centennial” and Harvard issued a Souvenir Edition program.  The program featured a rare fold-out cover which depicts the first match between the teams. The picture on the right was taken on May 14, 1874. Thus, the 1974 game represents the 100th anniversary of Harvard-Yale football.


The Harvard players are wearing white shirts and the Yale players blue.

We have a great selection of vintage Harvard-Yale football programs on our website:

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:

The Flying Wedge Formation

August 15, 2013

This vintage University of Connecticut v. Delaware football program cover illustration was done by Joe Watson Little and is one of the best ever produced for a college football program. Little was a famous illustrator who did work for various Hearst Corp. magazines including Collier’s and various detective magazines. The illustration depicts the “flying wedge” formation and the players are about to hit the referee.


The flying wedge formation was first introduced by Harvard in its annual meeting against Yale in 1892.  It was outlawed two seasons later in 1894 because of its contribution to serious injury.

We offer a nice selection of college football program on our website:

Looking for a long lost relative?

November 15, 2012

Looking for a long lost relative or a picture of an aunt, uncle, grand father or great grandfather? A great place to look is in vintage college football programs which almost always include a picture of the team.

Your relative doesn’t have to be lost either. Giving them a program from their collegiate years would make a great gift. And no doubt you can laugh about how skinny they were then and their hair!


Often, most programs will include individual pictures of the players and sometimes a miniature biography.

We offer a large selection of vintage college football programs on our website: featured in Country Living Magazine

October 26, 2012

We are pleased that was featured in the October 2012 issue of Country Living magazine.

In an article on collecting titled “The Old College Try,” some of our products were featured including vintage football program, old football cheering megaphones and items used for college football tailgating.

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1914 Stadium Openings

August 21, 2011

1914 was a momentous year for Ivy League football stadiums. Both the Yale Bowl and Palmer Memorial Stadium opened shortly after the First World War began.

Yale issued a special 18 page program (pictured above) to commemorate the occasion. This program features full page color illustrations of the Yale Bowl before, during and after its construction. At the time of its completion the Yale Bowl was the largest stadium in the world. The program describes how the amphitheatre environment was created, essentially by taking the earth that was excavated from the center of the field which was then used to build the embankment the stadium sits on.

Princeton’s Palmer Memorial Stadium was dedicated on November 14, 1914, one week before the Yale Bowl. Their dedication program is 60 pages and features real black and white photographs of prior games and of the stadium under construction. Both programs feature a two-page panoramic view of their completed stadiums. The stadium cost $300,000 and was donated to Princeton by Edgar Palmer, class of 1903, who dedicated the structure to the memory of his father, Stephen S. Palmer.