It’s October, so everyone’s thoughts have turned to football. Or the Great Pumpkin. But because we don’t have any images of the Great Pumpkin in our digital collections, let’s say football. It’s hard to imagine, but in olden days we somehow managed to enjoy football without luxuries like high-def, Doritos commercials, high-def Doritos commercials, and four guys all yelling at the same time on The OT. There were six quarters lasting 90 minutes each, the field was eight yards long, a common trick to confuse the other team was to have the homecoming queen run onto the field to kick the extra point, and the football was a big rock. We are pretty sure all this is true. Let’s look at some of the historic football images in Duke Digital Collections and see what else we can learn about the ol’ pigrock. You can click on any of the images to see a larger version and learn more about the digital object.
In the 1930s, players often wore sesame-seed buns as helmets, as seen on the cover of this Duke/Davidson program from our Duke Football Programs digital collection. We originally thought the Davidson player here was falling down and throwing up, but upon closer examination we realized he has bitten the trousers of the Duke player. We like our original interpretation better. Either way, we love the 3-D Viewmaster-y style of the whole tableau. Continue reading What It Wasn’t, Was Football