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Today we’re going to take a look at another catalog that I recently acquired from the late Mike Hersh’s collection. This time it isn’t a catalog for uniforms, but I think you’ll still like it.
Here’s the deal: We’ve all seen those old high school and college program covers with beautiful but generic cover illustrations. You the ones — the cover designs have nothing to do with the teams that are playing but are still plenty nice to look at. Now I’ve acquired a catalog from a dealer that sold those cover illos.
There are a few surprises here. For starters, it turns out that the catalog was produced by Coca-Cola, which apparently sponsored these programs. Secondly, as you can see above, the catalog cover is a bit of a snooze, with very little range of color.
Happily, the program cover illustrations are much better than the catalog cover, as you can see below (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):
Nice, right? There’s also one illo that’s kinda weird — sort of a connect-the-dots approach:
There’s also a gatefold page showing how the center spread of the program could feature the two teams’ rosters:
But wait — the catalog has more than just football program cover art. There’s also a series of cover illustrations for basketball programs:
The catalog also includes some rather underwhelming pages about why you should have a nice program (look here and here), along with some technical information on how the program should be laid out and printed (here, here, and here).
Two final thoughts: I’d love to know the names of the illustrators and designers who produced this cover art. And it’s pretty sobering to see that out of all the players depicted on in the illos, there isn’t a single black face.
Show & Tell update: Photos, stories, and participants from this month’s installment of Show & Tell are now available for your enjoyment on the Show & Tell web site.
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you thought Notre Dame’s uniforms looked bad two nights ago, check out what they wore last night. I’m sure some of you think that should have been today’s lead entry, but honestly, what’s left to say except that the Fruit Stripe designs suck and that everyone involved would no doubt be ashamed if they hadn’t already gotten their shame glands surgically removed? That’s pretty much the whole story. … Wait, no it isn’t: Notre Dame’s Fruit Stripe jerseys have this jock tag. “Kind of contradicts the uniform, doesn’t it?” says John Okray. … Haven’t heard or seen much regarding green spring training uniforms for St. Paddy’s Day, but here’s what the Orioles will be wearing (from Dawn Murphy). … St. Paddy’s Day warm-ups for the Blue Jackets, too (from Mark Krugman). …More info on the “more aggressive” UConn mascot logo here. … Good spot by Stewart Small, who noticed that Alexander Semin’s jersey number and helmet number didn’t match the other night. … Joey Potts was watching some old NFL footage and spotted Bill Walsh wearing a 49ers jacket with a North Face logo. … Very nice striped stirrups being worn by North Buncombe High in North Carolina (from Charles Allison). … Stephen Colbert was talking about Pope Benedict’s retirement a few weeks ago and said, “As with all departing Popes, the Vatican raised his vestments to the rafters” (from Jeremy Brahm). … Who’s that tyke in the leatherhead helmet? A very young JFK, that’s who (from Matthiew Mitchell). … While looking for something else, I came across this photo of Ron Blomberg. What’s that white tape on the back of his helmet? … New 100th-year rugby kit for the ACT Brumbies (from Josh Jacobs). … LSU and Nicholls State wore light-blue batting helmets on Wednesday night, to raise awareness of prostate cancer (from Chris Mycoskie). … New third jersey for Sporting KC (from Tyler Moody). … A Japanese politician who also happens to be a former pro wrestler has refused to stop wearing his Mexican-style wrestling mask at city council meetings. … Laynce Nix, now with the Phillies, is blaming his recent foot injuries on Nike (from Sean Robbins). … Danny Garrison’s latest set of NFL teams recast as soccer teams is for the NFC North. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a Wichita State player wearing gold stirrups over black sannies. … Note the inconsistent sleeve patch placement in this photo of the New Zealand team at the World Softball Championships. “I don’t know anymore if it’s a curse or a blessing that I notice these things,” says Jim Pericotti. … “I was at the Oregon Historical Society on Wednesday for the opening of an exhibit my wife curated,” says Michael Orr. “While I was wandering around beforehand, I came across an exhibit for Esco, a metalworks company based in Portland. Their complex is currently on the site where the Portland Beavers played from 1901-1955 (Vaughn Street Park). As such, a small part of their 100th-anniversary exhibit focuses on the Beavers, including two jerseys and a cap. One of the jerseys, as you can see, features a baseball centennial patch from 1939.” … “I’m a longtime reader and film archivist at the Academy Film Archive,” says Charles Edward Rogers. “On Wednesday I was inspecting some footage of Hazel Laugenour, the first woman to swim the Golden Gate. The ‘SE’ stands for the South End Rowing Club, which I believe still exists in San Francisco.” … Braves had a weird uni protocol for yesterday’s Grapefruit League game: The coaches wore white, but the pitchers wore red and the fielders wore blue. “It was especially confusing because they were playing the Phillies, who were also wearing red,” says Tim Burke. … Interesting timeline of Ohio State logos through the years (from Ethan Sheets). … New Sunday cap apparently on tap for the Toledo Mud Hens. “Probably to wear w/ their throwback alts they introduced last year,” says Jacob Kubuske. … New road soccer kit for the Republic of Ireland. “What screams ‘Emerald Isle’ more than solid black?” asks a nonplussed Yusuke Toyoda. … The Reebok wordmark on the back of the Rangers’ jerseys is normally flush against the yoke striping, but Brian Boyle’s wordmark has a white outline (good spot by Diego Bauzá). … Wil Myers, a top prospect in the Rays’ organization, doesn’t wear batting gloves (from Kyle Speicher). … The Canadian WBC team has an unusually high number of players who throw righty and bat lefty, and the reason for this may be hockey (from Jason Hillyer). … Going out to see my Mom today (last week’s visit was snowed out), so play nice while I’m away, okay? Okay.