Friday, November 10, 2017

John Held, Jr.: The Yale-Princeton Football Game

Tomorrow the Princeton-Yale football rivalry begun in 1873 continues at Princeton. For me, the graphic high point of this rivalry came in 1927 when John Held, Jr., illustrated the cover for the program. The 1927 game was played in New Haven; Held was a Connecticut resident who created other illustrations for Yale. The program cover is illustrated with one of Held's woodcut-style prints evocative not of the Jazz Age, but of the 1890s. The look was deliberately old-fashioned, even back then.

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Yale-Princeton program cover
November 12, 1927

A copy of the program in less-than-ideal condition was sold in the spring on eBay:

John Held, Jr.
eBay Listing Ended April 3, 2017

John Held, Jr.
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Eight bids, with the winning bid placed in the final ten minutes

Note:  This just in:  On November 12, 1927 the Yale Bulldogs defeated the Princeton Tigers, 14-6. Over the years Yale has won 73 games to Princeton's 56, with 10 ties dating to the earlier years.

Original art by John Held, Jr., published or unpublished; whether drawn, printed, or painted; is sought-after stuff here on Attempted Bloggery. Please send your scans or photographs this way. I'd also love to post a few published Held images that are new to the internet.

Am I the only one who feels the last 90 years have been disappointing? I thought not.

November 11, 2017 Update:  Yale defeated Princeton today, 35-31. That brings Yale's wins to 74 games, besting Princeton's 56, with 10 ties.

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