Very cool! What is this stuff?
Archival-quality cover reproductions of actual college football souvenir game programs that were sold at the games from roughly the early 1900s - 1960s.
Why only football? What about other sports?
This is a series that features authentic reproductions of actual artwork that was created during a specific period in history. Unfortunately, a similar body of artwork does not exist in the same breadth and variety for other sports. Nevertheless, we think you will find that the artwork on these old program covers transcends the game itself, and appeals to fans of that particular school across generations. We hear from folks regularly who tell us they were never big football fans but they love the vintage art. Of course, if you are a football fan---you have just found your Vintage Valhalla.
I don't see my school listed. What now?
Email us at team "at" asgardpress.com with your interest. We'd love to hear from you, and it helps us to hear from fans as we expand our list as quickly as possible.
Why don't you discount your 'old' calendars like other publishers do?
This is a collectible series in that each year, we try to feature (as much as possible) a different set of twelve program covers or other artwork from this bygone era. We also feel that presenting different artwork every year adds to the appeal of the vintage series as more than just a calendar that you throw away at the end of the season.
If these images are 'authentic reproductions' of the actual program covers, why do I sometimes see the same exact artwork used by different schools?
Some of the most memorable images were created by staff artists and syndicated by advertising companies as stock art in catalogs, which schools could purchase and then customized by overprinting their specific game information in black. For many schools with tighter budgets, it was an affordable way (and often the only way) to nevertheless present engaging and colorful game programs to their fans each Saturday during the season. Rest assured, ALL of the images featured in our calendars are faithful reproductions of the actual physical programs that were sold at each school on game day during this unforgettable era.
What's an away game cover doing in my school's calendar?
Sometimes we choose to include an away game cover because it represents a nice win for the visiting team (your school), or because the cover art presents an interesting look at 'the other side of the fence'. Frankly, sometimes this means that your home team may be subject to a bit of 'old school humor', but it's helpful to remember that the prevailing attitude was a lot less mean-spirited than today. Our goal is to present a variety and quality of imagery that evokes the ambience of an earlier, more civil period in time, where an insult was met with a snappy comeback or clever innuendo, rather than the anger and vitriol that one sees only too often these days.
One other reason may be that certain teams almost always played an opponent on their turf, usually because the opponent had a bigger and better stadium.
I see a program cover in my school's calendar between two teams that I don't recognize---and neither the nicknames nor date of the game correspond with anything that seems to be associated with my school's history. What's up??
Good question. There are a few different answers, but the most likely scenario is that the program in question is a freshman game played on a different date. It was--and still is--common practice to playfully refer to freshman teams with diminutive nicknames such as 'Colts' (instead of Texas A&M Aggies) and 'Boomers' (instead of Oklahoma Sooners). We often include such programs and wherever possible, will notate that on the bottom of the grid page. In many cases, however, game information is not easily available for these freshman matchups, even though programs were made and sold, and the games were often well attended.
Why don't you include more program covers of games where my team won?
It comes down to having a limited number of game programs from which to choose, without repeating some of the most interesting covers over and over. Ultimately, the goal of this series is to present as wide a variety of artwork and glimpses in time as possible, and that makes it difficult to narrow the selection of covers to only games won.
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