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#1 sc49erfan15

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Posted March 30, 2011 - 17:21

I see this style of logo everywhere...a serifed letter inside of an oval, with the letter taking the shape of the outside of the oval. The most prominent example I can think of is BYU's "Y"...I assume the Packers'/Georgia "G" fits the category as well.

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It's one of the most basic logos possible, therefore it's used in a lot of high school and small college sports. I guess my question is: are these all adaptations of the Packers' G? The BYU Y? If not, who used it first? I've found some older examples - the Packers first used theirs in 1961.

Akron, 1966:
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Eastern Kentucky, 1965-67:
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Colorado School of Mines, current:
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Northern Michigan, current:
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Penn, 1970s:
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Virginia, early '70s:
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Wisconsin, early '70s:
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Posted March 30, 2011 - 17:58

None of your links appear to be working.

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Posted March 30, 2011 - 18:02

None of your links appear to be working.


That's because he's trying to link from The Helmet Project, which is a big no-no.

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Posted March 30, 2011 - 18:07

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Posted March 30, 2011 - 20:06


None of your links appear to be working.


That's because he's trying to link from The Helmet Project, which is a big no-no.


Whoops...links added to my Photobucket. I should've known better.

Ry, I've never seen that before. I guess my question now is did the Packers get their logo from there, or did someone else come up with the basic idea first?

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Posted March 30, 2011 - 20:46

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that, my friend, is an awesome link.
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Posted March 31, 2011 - 09:12

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Note the little indentations on the ends of the shape. In spite of the "oval" label at the top of the page, that's clearly intended to be a football -- which makes it a different shape than the elliptical figure on the Packers' helmets. :)

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Posted March 31, 2011 - 09:17

that, my friend, is an awesome link.

Let's have no more badmouthing of Uni Watch then, okay? ;)

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Posted March 31, 2011 - 09:29

Well, let's see. That catalogue is from 1970, well after Dad Braisher put the "G" logo on the Packers' helmets.

Looks like the earliest of your examples comes from the mid-1960s, so I suspect that they might be cashing in on the Packers' success.

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Posted March 31, 2011 - 14:00

My high school, Kanab HS (UT), had a K in an oval logo through the late 1970s-early 80s (before I was born):

Circa 1978:
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1980 (Black Oval/Red K):
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Also note the fugly "half-and-half" pants (red front, white back)

1983:
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I'm not sure why not every player had the logo on their helmet; must have been a Varsity/JV thing.

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Posted March 31, 2011 - 17:44


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Note the little indentations on the ends of the shape. In spite of the "oval" label at the top of the page, that's clearly intended to be a football -- which makes it a different shape than the elliptical figure on the Packers' helmets. :)


Well, let's see. That catalogue is from 1970, well after Dad Braisher put the "G" logo on the Packers' helmets.

Looks like the earliest of your examples comes from the mid-1960s, so I suspect that they might be cashing in on the Packers' success.


If it weren't a ripoff, the G would look much more like the rest of the letters... particularly the C.

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Posted March 31, 2011 - 18:33



Angelus Helmet Catalog

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Note the little indentations on the ends of the shape. In spite of the "oval" label at the top of the page, that's clearly intended to be a football -- which makes it a different shape than the elliptical figure on the Packers' helmets. :)


Well, let's see. That catalogue is from 1970, well after Dad Braisher put the "G" logo on the Packers' helmets.

Looks like the earliest of your examples comes from the mid-1960s, so I suspect that they might be cashing in on the Packers' success.


If it weren't a ripoff, the G would look much more like the rest of the letters... particularly the C.


Yes, note how the G is the only one there that is sans-serif
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Posted April 1, 2011 - 13:40

What about Georgia?
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Posted April 1, 2011 - 14:11

What about Georgia?

Or Grambling? They both license the logo from Green Bay.

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Posted April 1, 2011 - 22:23

I've always liked those Angelus Pacific oval letter decals. I have one of those catalogs linked to (thanks for that by the way) but it's from the late 1990s or early 2000s.

I believe the Packers were the first to use the style in 1961. I cannot recall seeing any version before that and they were popular in the 1960s and 70s.

Some examples:

Austin Reagan HS (Texas):

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Western Illinois:

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Tulane:

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Posted April 2, 2011 - 00:25

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I remember when they played "Earl Campbell" & Tyler H.S. in the playoffs. Earl destroyed the Regan team that year.

Our Pee-Wee Football Team was the Raiders; white helmets with a powder blue "block" letter "R" on our helmets. We weren't very good either.

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