Monday, May 18, 2015

Harvard Crimson (1962-63)

Who says the stodgy Harvard Crimson can't have fun with their football uniforms? In the early 1960s, Harvard wore one of the funkier helmets in Ivy League history. Now, is that a white helmet with a fat red stripe, or a red helmet with white side panels? I lean toward the latter.

If you look closely at the pictures below, you'll see that  the sides of Harvard's helmets were more pronounced than the rest of the crown, and the Crimson apparently decided to use the opportunity to create a unique helmet pattern.

Ohio State did something similar in the 1960s. You can take a good look at another "smooth ear" helmet here.

The rest of the Harvard uniform had the familiar elements that were used through the 1960s: Plain crimson shirt and gold pants with thin stripes.

The three photos above are all from the Yale Daily News. The top two are
from the 1962 edition of The Game, and the third is from '63, which was
delayed a week after the assassination of President Kennedy.
These are really sharp pictures for a reproduction of a 50-plus year-old newspaper, BTW.

But wait, there's more! Other Harvard unis you may have missed: 2012-141975-79; 1980-83; 1972-731967-70. Rivalry Week: Harvard-Yale.

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