Archive for the ‘Stanford’ Category

Monopoly Game for your favorite University

June 9, 2017

We’ll bet you don’t know who Elizabeth Magie is off the top your head. Well, she invented the original Monopoly, at the time called the Landlord’s Game. She even applied for a patent for it in 1903. Oddly enough the game didn’t take off immediately and even Parker Brothers turned down the option to produce the game. It was a University of Pennsylvania professor that was instrumental in the game’s gaining traction. He used the game to help teach his students about real estate. Parker Brothers took over the game in 1934 and the rest, as they say is history.


In 1991 a company named Late for the Sky Production in Cincinnati, Ohio came up with the idea to do spin off versions of the famous Monopoly game, but substituting the streets of Atlantic City for locals at well know universities. Exhibit A, above, appropriately is of the University of Pennsylvania. Instead of going to jail in the University version of the game you go on academic probation. The Harvard version of the game features properties clustered together by color: instead of having Boardwalk and Park Place you instead have the Dunster House, Adams House and Eliot House. The cards you pick up when landing on various spots on the board might feature a library fine ($50), increased tuition ($200) or making the deans list (receive $200).

The Yale version of the game (Yaleopoly) allows you to buy Mory’s, the Law School or the Yale Bowl.

Players (students) receive a diploma after they have four Years of Credit on each property. Only one diploma can be on each property. The game is fun way for students and alumni to remember their golden years.

The company ceased making the game several years ago, but not before producing a Californiaopoly, Irishopoly, Brownopoly, Stanfordopoly and game for many more schools. We typically have nice selection of the games available on our website:

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:

An Artist’s View of Stanford University

April 1, 2016

Andrea Fono, at the time, an emerging artist in the Bay Area, produced a “Young Artist’s Portfolio of Stanford University”, which were eight ready-to-mail landscapes of the storied University.


The cards offer beautiful imagery of the Palo Alto campus:


A beautiful, subtle use of colors in this image of an arch:


We have a nice selection of Stanford items at our website including the Artist’s Portfolio:

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Stanford Football Collectibles

October 1, 2015

College football season is upon us and anticipation is building for the upcoming Big Game on November 21st to be played in Berkeley, a rivalry that begin in 1892. There is nothing to get you in the mood more than recounting previous contests and the rich heritage of the two teams.

DSCF9434-001This Stanford Illustrated Review features a fantastic Art Deco cover from 1927 showing various Stanford fans at the Big Game

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A pair of nice old megaphones. Vintage Stanford and one for U.C. Berkeley each in the school’s colors.

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Pins for the Big Game feature old program covers of previous games

Our website has a nice selection of Big Game memorabilia and programs:

Gift Ideas – Vintage College and University Song Books

July 6, 2015

Nothing gets the heart of a college grad pumping like the song of their school. An ideal gift for the collegiate alumni who has everything? How about a vintage book of songs from their alma mater. The books typically include both the sheet music and the lyrics for all the songs.

The vintage Cornell Songs published in 1915 includes All Round the World Cornell, Hail Thou in Majesty Cornell, The Cornell Cheer, Cornell Victorious and many more, including the school’s “Alma Mater” or official song of “Cornell,” which predates the current “Far above the Cayuga’s Waters.”

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The 1902 published Harvard Songs includes a collection of 27 songs (including the sheet music) sung at Harvard including “Johnny Harvard” and “Fair Harvard”. Selected Songs Sung at Harvard College from 1862 to 1866 was one of the earliest song books published and dates from 1866. It also includes “The Marseillaises,” which was later changed to “On to Victory” and is a football fight song. It was originally written by Bill Reid, who was football coach in 1901. He was jealous of the fact that Princeton and Yale had football songs and approached the head of the Harvard Glee Club, Paul Dillingham to write one.

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The 1905 Decennial of Stanford Song includes words and music of the “football, farce, drinking and other songs of Stanford University Some include songs that would no longer be politically correct. Stanford’s song book includes The Drinking Song, Down with California, Stanford Mandalay, Chin Chin Chinaman, Stanford Red and many more. The book also contains a history of the evolution of the songs and trace how they came into being in the University’s early years.

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Stanford’s song book also contains nice hand-drawn illustrations that compliment the themes of some songs, such as the one below which patronizes the University of California.


Songs of Western Colleges published in 1902 includes the University of Chicago, Michigan and Stanford University songs such as “Hail, Sanford, Hail!”, “A Football Song – Leland Stanford University”, “John D. Rockefeller – University of Chicago”.


Princeton’s song book is titled Carmina Princetonia was first produced in 1869 and takes its name from Carmina Burana, an ancient satirical song book. It is believed that the Carmina Burana contained the first “drinking songs.” Princeton’s book includes the “soul-stirring songs Old Nassau and The Triangle Song which no Princeton man ever forgets or wants to forget.”


What is the earliest college song? It is hard to say definitively, however, “Hail Columbia” would be a good choice. Written by John Hopkinson, Class of 1786 at the University of Pennsylvania. The song played an important part in rallying support around President Washington during a serious political disturbance.


We have a nice collection of vintage song books for sale on our website:

Leland Stanford University at the beginning of the 20th Century

October 19, 2014

We recently came cross a vintage souvenir of Stanford University, Photo Gravures in excellent condition. Original red paper wraps with tie string still tight. Produced by the Albertype Company, Brooklyn and copyright 1900 by H.W. Simkins, Bookseller and Stationer, Palo Alto.




20 pages of turn of the century images including the faternity houses, the museum, the north facade, inner quadrangle and more. A fantastic collectible, would make a great gift for the Stanford alumni.


Three well dressed students with their bicycle


We specialize in collectibles of well known universities:

Graduation Gifts for the Stanford bound Student

May 29, 2014

Know a recent high school grad who was accepted into Stanfordopoly? How about a game of Stanfordopoly, patterned after Monopoly but with a Stanford theme?


Or this beautiful Stanford Decoupage plate:

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Or, see hundreds of other ideas for the lucky grad on our website:

Fortune Magazine article on vintage collegiate pennants features

March 15, 2014

We were pleased to be quoted in a recent article in Fortune Magazine related to the collect-ability of collegiate pennants, particularly those that are older and rare: The bull market in vintage college pennants.

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Stanford in the 1950s

February 2, 2014

We recently received in a nice batch of memorabilia from Stanford depicting life there in the 1950s including a student handbook. The mascot at the time was still the Indian and he is depicted in various scenes throughout the booklet:


Stanford prides itself on the fact that with a quarter of the total enrollment of men living in fraternities, fraternities do not have the false prestige they do on some campuses. This is because fraterninty men, eating-club men, and independents seek out their friends no matter what their particular affiliation. The Fraternities on “The Row” or “Men’s Row”:


The handbook also offers a “Stanford Dictionary”. A “Hasher” is a student who earns their board by serving meals in the residences and cellar. Palo Alto is known as “Paly” and “Civ” is Western Civilization, a required history course.

A “Big Game” football program from 1953. Students were certainly better dressed back then:

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We have a nice selection of vintage Stanford items on our website:

Early Stanford University Recruiting Brochure

October 1, 2013

This nice “Stanford Days” brochure was produced in the 1930s to be given to prospective students.

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It describes the campus, environment and area well. The tuition is $100 per quarter ($130 for the Graduate School of Business and $115 for the School of Medicine). There is no smoking on the Quad. “A few days after the University opened, Mrs. Stanford asked the students not to smoke inside the Quadrangles or on the arcades, so they might be kept clean.” Stanford men and women have respected her wish.” The booklet contains vintage black and white pictures of life on the idyllic campus.

We especially like these hand-drawn illustrations of the campus:

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Notice how well dressed the students look:


The Stanford Hymm:


We have a nice selection of vintage Stanford material on our website: