Archive for the ‘Illustrators’ Category

The Mask & Wig Club, University of Pennsylvania

November 15, 2014

The University of Pennsylvania’s  Mask & Wig club is an all-male comedy troupe with a rich history that was founded in 1889. The troupe features music, dancing and comedy and travels around the country to perform. Old Mask & Wig programs are sought after collectibles and feature imaginative covers:



The 1942 Mask & Wig Program


The 1938-1939 Program 

The covers illustration shows Manhattan at the center with Queens identified as “Vast Unexplored Territories” and Brooklyn as “Who Cares?” and was done by Bo Brown. Brown was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and his works appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker.

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McClelland Barclay Artwork

April 1, 2014

Many college football program of yesteryear were illustrated by those with real talent and the Harvard v. Yale Football Program produced in 1927 is no exception.  The nice Jazz Era cover shows leather head football players done by McLelland Barclay.

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Barclay was an American painter and pin-up artist whose works appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Cosmopolitan. His images of fashionable women for General Motors’ “Body by Fisher” advertising campaign made Barclay’s work recognizable to virtually every magazine reader in the country. Barclay studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.

We have a nice selection of vintage Harvard-Yale football programs and other collegiate memorabilia 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.

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Bernhardt Wall Lithography

April 15, 2013

Bernhardt Wall is an illustrator and lithographer who lived from 1872 to 1956. He was born in Buffalo, New York and also lived in Texas and California. He did many illustrations and etchings of cowboys, Indians and western scenes. He was known as the “Postcard King” as many of his works were done on little cards. The lithography below was done by Wall in 1905 and features a collegiate scene.

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There is a poker game in progress with a collegiate student wearing a Harvard sweater and behind the table are Harvard and Yale pennants.

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The lithograph sold at auction recently for $150.

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Winslow Williams Artist

December 1, 2012

Winslow Williams was an illustrator of Yale programs in the 1950s. Williams was a graduate of the Yale Art School, class of 1941. A Virginia native, he has a style we really like. His first program was the Yale-Princeton cover seen below. His model for the Yale player kneeling is classmate Phil Crane (’41).

A description of the program cover says that the image was “prepared in oils, the first time such a medium has been used for a football program.” The Harvard-Yale program done in 1953 uses the same style as his original with a brilliant mix of the past looking at and co-mingling with the present.

His artwork for the Princeton-Yale program depicts the Yale trolley. It shows an unusually happy group of fans on their way to an early Yale game with an oversized mustached conductor. The original artwork was an oil painting which measured 26 inches x 34 inches. He spent two months researching costumes of the earlier period.

The Princeton-Yale program from 1952 is in the same style as his earlier works:

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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:

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:

Henry Payne Cartoon Cover Ilustrations

January 1, 2011

Before he went on to wider renown as a political cartoonist, Henry Payne illustrated several Ivy League football program covers, including these two humorous Princeton programs in 1984 and 1985. Payne is a 1984 graduate of Princeton.

Payne is an editorial cartoonist for the Detroit News and also has illustrated for the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, Scripps Howard News Service, the National Review and the Weekly Standard. His work is syndicated by United Media, thus his cartoons receive wide distribution.

One of our favorite Payne works is his 1983 cover of a Cornell game against Harvard where is does an Ivy Leaguer’s take off on the famous New Yorker’s ‘view of the world’ cartoon:

We have a nice selection of Payne illustrated programs on our website.

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T. Diedricksen – Yale Program Illustrator

December 1, 2010

T. Diedricksen illustrated Yale covers in the early 1920s. Who exactly is this mystery illustrator who signed only with his first initial, but created some of the greatest covers in college football history? His full name is Theodore Diedricksen, Jr. and he lived from 1885-1967. He was born in Yale’s hometown of Yale and spent his life in Connecticut.

In addition to illustrating program covers for Yale, Diedricksen also painted with oil on canvas, illustrated books and did sketches in pencil. Not surprisingly, Diedricksen graduated from Yale in 1918 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. After studying in Paris for two years, Diedricksen became a Professor of Drawings and Graphics at Yale. He taught at Yale for over thirty years and retired a Professor Emeritus.

Diedricksen had a real knack for capturing the essence of early 1920s football.

Diedricksen almost always had the big curved lines of the Yale Bowl as the back-drop of his drawings, as seen in all four examples shown here.

We have a nice selection of vintage football programs from the 1920s at our website:

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Famous Football Program Illustrators – Russell Patterson

July 15, 2010

Famous artists have illustrated college football programs periodically over the years. One of the better known was Russell Patterson. A celebrated and prolific American cartoonist, illustrator and scenic designer, Patterson’s art deco magazine illustrations helped promote the idea of the 1920s and 1930s fashion style known as the flapper.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Patterson popularlized 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 and Vogue.


Patterson illustrated this fabulous Army v. Yale Program cover in 1932 allowing lovers of college football programs to share in his elegant and fantastic illustrations.

He also did the fabulous Yale-Army Football Program from 1930, seen above, which is titled “A Forward Pass”.

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