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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:

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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Graduation Gifts for University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Student

May 29, 2014

Know a recent student accepted into or graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn)? How about a game of Pennopoly, a game patterned after Monopoly but based on the famous Philadelphia school founded by Benjamin Franklin?



Or a great marble coaster set:

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

Cornell v. Pennsylvania Football

November 1, 2013

An exceptional college football program is the 1905 Thanksgiving Day game featuring Penn v. Cornell

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Cornell was coached by Glenn ‘Pop’ Warner, very early on in his long and legendary coaching career, in between coaching assignments with the Carlisle Indian School where he later coached Jim Thorpe. Warner would then go on to coach at Pitt, and then coach Ernie Nevers at Stanford before finishing his career in the 1930s at Temple. Cornell finished at 6-4.

This exceptional high quality college football program has a full color Thanksgiving football theme cover, and on the inside first page has a remarkable large five panel fold-out, which accordions out to depict photographs of all of the players on the Penn team for 1905. Measures a whopping 29 – 1/2″ when extended out.

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We have a nice selection of vintage Cornell v. Penn thanksgiving programs on our website:

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The New Yale Wedgwood Tea-Set

October 15, 2012

Well, new as of 1934. We recently found this vintage advertisement for a new Wedgwood tea set in a University of Pennsylvania v. Yale Football program from 1934. The set was designed by Professor Edwin C. Taylor of the Yale School of Fine arts and the teapot includes a portrait of Elihu Yale in the border.

Priced at $6.50 for the ta pot and plates at $12.50 per dozen, it wasn’t necessarily cheap. Sets of this Wedgwood piece are difficult to find.

We offer a nice selection of Yale collectibles including Wedgwood items on our website:



College Acceptance Gift Idea – Ivy League Coasters

March 28, 2012

We recently found a new set of items that collectors and aficionados of college football programs will like. Marble coasters based on old football programs.

The coasters are made of Botticino Marble;

Measure 4 inches;

Feature scenes from vintage football programs;

Are very hiqh quality;

And would make an ideal gift for the alum, upcoming grade or a newly accepted student

We have a nice selection of the coasters available for sale on our website at a cost below what you can buy for in the collegiate stores.

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Carter Hoffman Wooden Collegiate Mascots

January 1, 2012

Carter Hoffman mascots are listed for sale inside the front cover of this 1954 Ivy League football program.

Hoffman was a well-known artist from Los Angeles who made these hand carved mascots for various Ivy League and other colleges in the 1950s. Hoffman also did some mascots for professional sports teams and even some lesser know and more obscure schools. Sold under the name “Carter Hoffman Artcraft” they have become highly collectible. A brochure from the 1950s lists over 120 different schools that they made mascots for.

The mascots are also featured on this Yale-Uconn 1952 program cover. The mascots were available in two sizes, the normal size (catalog item #7) and larger size, called jumbo (listed in the catalog as #8).

The rare Princeton tiger mascot seen above

The now defunct Dartmouth Indian mascot from the 1950s

The company also made bottle pour spouts which replace a cork that has been pulled. The bottles contain the school mascot on the top.

The John Harvard bottle pour stop mascot, above and statue below.

The mascots were produced with two marking on the bottom. One was the name of the mascot. In the example below, it shows the “Dartmouth Indian”. Because these were paper labels, often they are now missing. The other marking is stamped in black ink “Carter Hoffman Original.”

Two pages from an original Carter Hoffman catalog are seen below, showing the location of the business in Glendale, California. The mascots and wine stoppers sold for $24 a dozen wholesale, the jumbo mascots for $7.50 each.

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Carter Hoffman items are sought after by collectors and are difficult to find. There is an active market for them. We occasionally have some in inventory on our website:

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Credit to insidetheparkcollectibles on the history of these rare collectibles.

Lou Little

December 1, 2011

One of the most well known Ivy League football coaches of all time was Columbia’s Lou Little. Little played his college football at Penn. Little coached Columbia for a long time, from 1930 to 1956. Prior to serving as Columbia’s head coach, he coached Georgetown for five years.

The 1970 Columbia Cornell program features Little on its cover

The two biggest wins of Little’s career were the victory over Stanford in the 1934 Rose Bowl and when Columbia beat Army in 1947 snapping a 23-game undefeated streak for West Point.

Little was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960. He also authored a book titled Lou Little’s Football, published in 1934, which describes his football philosophy. We have many nice Columbia programs that have articles about or by Lou Little at our website:


Thanksgiving Leftovers?

November 25, 2011

Cornell v. Penn is one of the oldest rivalries in football, with their first game played in 1893. This game was played on Thanksgiving Day at Franklin Field, as was the tradition for a long, long time.

The program cover of the 1922 program is a classic:

Apparently, they had problems in 1929, perhaps due to the onset of the Stock Market crash a month earlier. As you can see, they repeated the 1922 cover again in 1929, the only modification being the background color has changed from black to white.

No bother, it’s a great cover.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Please visit our website for a nice collection of Cornell v. Penn programs, one of the oldest and most traditional rivalries in college football:

Thomas Byrd Epps

May 1, 2011

One of the potentially greatest illustrators of college football programs gave us a brief glimpse of his genius and then went on to pursue other interests.

Thomas Byrd Epps was born in Dayton Ohio on November 9, 1896. He attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1915 through 1920. While at Penn, Epps was a member of the Varsity Club, was the track manager in 1918 and won the Beaux-Arts Medals in 1919 and 1920. He was also member of the Sphinx Senior Society. The only hint of his genius was that he was the arts editor of Punch Bowl magazine, Penn’s humorous and satirical student magazine.

The one pure genius piece of work Epps did is the Cornell v. Penn Football program from 1919 for a game played at Franklin Field Philadelphia. The cover illustration is one of the greatest of all time. It shows an angel standing atop the earth with a scale. On either side of the scale is a player from Cornell and Penn, as if the angel is trying to decide who will win. The use of color is brilliant, as is the tinge of humor in the scene. It is not surprising that Epps has a point of view; the Penn player is higher, and the Cornell player below is protesting. How imaginative Epps was.

Another Epps gem is below, the Pennsylvania Punch Bowl from 1917, which shows a young lass dancing in an enticing fashion in front of a very old man:


Penn Punch Bowl

Epps graduated with a degree in architecture and went on the live in Boston. He was a partner in several firms including Graves and Epps and Thomas Byrd Epps, Inc. He lived a long life, dying in 1980.

We will never know how much more pleasure Epps could have given us if he had chosen to pursue the field of art.

We have a great selection of Penn programs on our website:


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