Hut, Hut, Hike!

By Clinton J. Holloway


On Sunday afternoon, Feb, 3, Super Bowl XLVII will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. For those not up on the importance of the game, the Super Bowl is the annual championship of the National Football League, the pinnacle of American football and one of the most watched sporting events in the world. A de facto American holiday, it is said that more food is consumed in the U.S. on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day except Thanksgiving Day. The prize at stake is the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.


American football evolved from the games of soccer and rugby in the late nineteenth century. The first game was said to have been played on Nov. 6, 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton universities. Walter Camp is credited with being the father of American football; as an early player and subsequent coach, he developed many of the early rules. Decades later, in 1967, the first Super Bowl was played.


Traditionally considered the realm of men, in terms of players, football as a spectator sport is enjoyed by millions of men and women. A source of tremendous pride and spirit, football inspires collectors and decorators on many levels. Be it “Pop Warner” league for small children, high school, college or professional, football is a wide open field with many “points” of interestthat span many eras.


Sure to score big is the assortment of professionally framed and matted Murad Tobacco cards (early trading cards) paired with contemporary team silks from many big name colleges and universities circa 1910 in Booth B-1004 (photo, above right; $129.95). Here you can also choose from an array of football souvenirs, including collegiate programs for $9.99. Small felt pennants can be had for $12.95, while larger versions command in the $18 to $20 range (photo, left). Look close and you may find something from your team among the buttons, badges, charms and other gridiron collectibles.


At GasLamp Too Booth T-2015, Vintage Apparel, there is a great old Wilson football uniform including jersey, pants and socks in grey, orange and black (photo, right). As there is no team name, this may have been a practice uniform or from a private league. Go 31! Vintage repairs give it authentic, worn character, a touchdown at $150. This uniform would look great paired with an old leather helmet found back at the original GasLamp in Booth B-215, which has many football pictures, modern and vintage, that are ready to hang.


If you root for Alabama, University of Tennessee or Tennessee’s hometown boy, Peyton Manning, you will find something to bring a bit of team spirit to your “locker room.” This felt banner from Alabama commemorating National Championship wins, left, is afficed to a decorative dowel and finials for hanging ($90).


Though it is not headed to Super Bowl XLVII, we cannot forget our own hometown team, the Tennessee Titans. Begun in 1960 as the Houston (Texas) Oilers, the team was brought to Tennessee in 1997 by owner Bud Adams. Since 1999 the Titans have played on the banks of the Cumberland at what is now known as LP Field. Booth W-412 has a lot of Titans ephemera dating to those early days in Nashville, including programs, clippings and more.      


No matter if the theme is college or professional, one thing is for certain: Football fans are sure to score big at both of the GasLamp Antiques and Decorating Mall locations!












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