Photolithograph, "Yesterday's Game, Pennsylvania vs. Harvard. Franklin Field, Philadelphia," 1897

Summary

During the late 19th century, colleges, high schools, and local amateur athletic clubs formed football teams to battle rivals on the field. The first football game was played in 1869 and resembled a soccer or rugby match. In the following decades, new rules formalized play and transformed the game into a more recognizable version of today's American sport.

During the late 19th century, colleges, high schools, and local amateur athletic clubs formed football teams to battle rivals on the field. The first football game was played in 1869 and resembled a soccer or rugby match. In the following decades, new rules formalized play and transformed the game into a more recognizable version of today's American sport.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

21 November 1897

Subject Date

21 November 1897

Creators

Geo. S. Harris & Sons 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Lithographed by Geo. S. Harris & Sons, New York, New York. Supplement to the Philadelphia Press, Sunday, November 21, 1897.

Collection Title

Print Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

86.14.4.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Photolithography

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 in

Width: 16.5 in

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