Nineteen fifty-six marked the debut of something new (formal Ivy League play) and a return to something old. After experimenting with white helmets and conventional jersey striping for a couple years, the Penn Quakers returned to the famed navy-and-maroon alternate sleeve stripes in '56, a style that has its roots in the 19th century. The white helmets were replaced by navy helmets with white and maroon stripes.
|The 1957 Penn Quakers. This picture is from the Penn digital image collection,|
a perfect place to go if you have an hour or so to kill.
In '58, numbers were added to the helmets -- in a stencil font I've never seen anywhere else, at least not on a helmet. (Army's current jerseys use a stencil font.)
|These incredible photos are from the 1960 Penn Record yearbook.|
Only a few of them are online, but it's better than nothing, right?
Note the stencil font on the Quakers' helmets.
In '62, the helmet numbers vanished again.
Vestiges of the home uniform can be found in the current blue jersey. In '65, Bob Odell became coach, and he introduced some un-Penn-like red helmets and jerseys, which we touched upon here.
|The 1964 Penn Quakers, also from the school's digital archive.|
The "P" on the coach's jacket is similar to what the team wore
on the helmets from 1965-70.