College Football Draws Big Crowds

By the 1880 – 1890s College football was drawing big crowds. Here’s a photo from the scapbook of a Yale student showing the line to buy tickets for the Yale Harvard game in the early 1890s – notice the caption, this was 10 hours before tickets went on sale –

The programs also went from a simple cardstock folder to small booklets, sometimes cut in the shape of a football. Here are examples from 1894 and 1898

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2 Responses to College Football Draws Big Crowds

  1. George says:

    I have the same 1898 Yale vs. Princeton program that you show. It is very interesting and I would like to have an idea of the value.
    Thank you for any assistance.

    • MM says:

      In my database I value that 1898 Yale vs. Princeton program at $500 – but I’ve seen them sell for a lot more depending upon the condition. M Moran

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