My latest vintage catalog acquisition is a 1967 Russell Southern beauty. Ninety-six pages, color throughout, and it only cost me $10. Among the many, many highlights:
• How awesome would it be to see a football team wearing one of these?
• Look at the bottom-center illo on this page — interesting to see they were actually suggesting a TNOB format.
• You’ve got to love a catalog that has an entire page of football parkas.
• Here’s something I’ve not sure I’ve seen before: a baseball jersey with UCLA inserts. Love the gold belt tunnels and pocket flaps on the pants, too. Note that the vest jersey at the bottom is described as “Cincinnati style.”
• 1967 was when Frank Robinson and a few other MLBers were redefining stirrup protocol. This is reflected in the baseball hose listing, which touts the “popular new high stirrup style.”
• These baseball undershirts — colored on top, white on the bottom — were popular in the 1960s, and I never fully understood why. Why not go with the basic raglan model? Another thing I never understood: What’s the deal with the off-center button placket? Meanwhile, check out the baseball dickey!
• The catalog features an amazing softball section. There are too many pages to go over individually, so I’ve grouped them into this slideshow.
• Similarly amazing: the incredible assortment of basketball shorts. Again, the selection is so vast that I’ve grouped it into its own gallery.
• Dig this: a whole page of sleeved hoops jerseys.
There’s even more, but my scanner and I both need a break. Meanwhile, remember when catalogs proudly devoted pages to the company’s factory? Why doesn’t anyone do that anymore? Oh right — because then they’d have to mention that the factory is in Malaysia.
And while we’re at it…: I’m not the only one who collects old uniform catalogs. Andy Moursund (who runs the excellent Historic Football Posters operation) has a bunch of old early-1900s Spalding football guides and recently offered to scan a bunch of pages for everyone to see. There’s a bunch of amazing old cover designs here and a selection of two-page spreads from the 1902 edition here.
Andy also came up with a unique photo-driven project. You know how old football teams used to wear lettered jerseys? Andy’s come up with a sequence of 26 old team portraits — one for every letter of the alphabet. Tremendous work, Andy — thanks-a-plenty.
“You want fries with that?” — Weekend Road Trip Report: You probably know that Ernie Terrell insisted on referring to Muhammad Ali as Cassius Clay prior to their 1967 title bout (which became known as the “What’s my name?” fight). But check out this — even the promotional posters were referring to Ali as Clay!
That poster was on the wall of a hot dog joint in New Jersey, which was one of several fun stops Kirsten and I made while knocking around the Jersey Shore last weekend. Among the other notable observations:
• That same hot dog shop had a different kind of boxing artifact.
• In Allenhurst, we stopped at an antiques shop that had an awesome wool bathing suit with a gorgeous stripe (and although you can’t really see it, there are little shorts sewn into the suit!). The shop also this very groovy shirt, but it was a bit too small for me, so I reluctantly passed it up. In the non-apparel category, I really liked this old arts and crafts rug.
• Our weekend also included lots of fun architecture (see also here, here, here, and here), some awesome signage (additional examples here, here, and here), a very sweet little motel (complete with old-style room numbers and a Dixie cup dispenser in the bathroom), plenty of shore pizza, a bit of sadness, a bit of weirdness (that’s a giant cassette tape, which was installed over a music shop’s storefront), and, of course the beach. Nice, nice….
Uni Watch News Ticker: Last week I mentioned that I’d love to see a color version of this photo. Brandon Means happily obliged. … According to Sportslogos.net (which, granted, isn’t always the most accurate source for historical matters), the NFL started using the striped shield logo in 1960. But Larry Wiederecht found a stylized version of it appearing on the cover of a 1950 program. … This should blow a nice hole in your day: an entire site devoted to baseball card packaging (blame Jeff Barak for your entire day being flushed down the toilet). … No more black jerseys for the Lions. I wish I could tell you they were also ditching all the black trim, but unfortunately that’s not the case. … Great archive of Army/Navy photos here (great find by Mike Althouse). … Russ Chibe notes that the RBK logo has been showing up on a few NHL goalie masks — not as a small maker’s mark, but as a part of the design. “As a very, VERY amateur graphic designer, I couldn’t imagine including a corporate logo unless expressly told to do so,” he writes. “This makes me wonder if Reebok is trying to cut deals with goalies (or the NHL itself) to get its mark on the masks, as if it’s not everywhere else already.” … You know uniforms have reached a new plateau when an unveiling is being pimped on Facebook (with thanks to Adam Taylor). … Buncha TATC pics I hadn’t seen before here (big thanks to Trevor Williams). … Wright Aeronautical, which built aircraft engines, used to be located in Paterson, New Jersey, which explains why Jordan Fraser spotted this the other day at the Paterson Museum. … Two great old Flyers photos from Tris Wykes: First did anyone buy one of these windbreakers? And man, that’s a quite a unusual football helmet details. … Wouldja believe that this is Bob Gibson, circa 1968? That photo comes from this page of great old baseball photos. The same site also has lots of good boxing pics and one of the greatest magazine covers I’ve ever seen (all this courtesy of Jennifer Muller). … As most of you know, for the past few days I’ve been inviting readers to send me stories about unsolicited uniform ideas they’ve submitted to their favorite teams (thanks for all the good response). One reader, who prefers to remain anonymous, had a particularly good story to share. It’s too lengthy for me to use in the article I’m working on, but you can read his full account here. … What’s the smart thing to do in an economic crisis? Launch a new football league, natch. Why should we give a shit about a business venture that will be belly-up by this time next year? Because the new league’s COO “says there will be advertising on jerseys and sponsors in eight categories will have exclusivity.” Actually, never mind, I still don’t give a shit. … Major find by Chris Kane, who’s discovered a photo of the ProCap being worn by Eagles lineman Joe Panos. Definitely never seen a Philly ProCap before. I’m guessing Panos only wore it practice, but does anyone know more? … Very nice page devoted to Team Canada jersey history (with thanks to Alan Kreit). … Bit of a T-shirt kerfuffle over at the Golf Channel. … Matt Campbell reports that the Kinston Indians have unveiled a 60th-anniversary stadium logo. No word yet on whether it’ll be worn as a patch. … The Pro Bowl uniforms
looked like crap, as usual were made out of a new mesh fabric that’s slated to be used NFL-wide next season (thanks, Phil). … Anyone know the story behind this hockey helmet? (As spotted by Dan Kroll.) … I’ll take any kind of baseball news I can get at this time of year, including this tidbit from John Okray: “My friend reports that at the Brewers’ recent ‘Winter Warm-Up’ [which featured Brewers players competing in game-show-ish games], there was a game involving Trevor Hoffman and Mike Cameron, and Cam made Hoff un-tuck his dress shirt when the game ended. Now, I know you and I differ on the un-tucking situation, but I have got to say un-tucking a dress shirt is going too far. Waaaaaaaaay too far.” … Are some of these players wearing sunglasses, or does it just look that way? That photo and this one were both found in the Grand Rapids photo archives by Zac Neubauer, plus he also sent along this incredible shot of baseball players at a Japanese internment camp. … Pitt wore gold uniforms at home last night. … If you skip ahead to the one-minute mark of this video clip, you can see workers assembling the court for the NBA All-Star Game.