Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo Miscellany

As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” right? So, we thought we’d put up a selection of various things that really don’t all relate to each other. Above, we have an aerial view of Green Bay’s new City Stadium being built way out in the boondocks on the city’s western edge. This gives a good look at how the field and most of the stadium’s original seating “bowl” are below ground level.

New City Stadium (later to be renamed Lambeau Field) during the pre-game dedication activities. 32,132 fans attended the first game — a 21-17 upset of the Chicago Bears on September 29, 1957. No officially-licensed Packers apparel anywhere. If you look closely at the left side of the image, we have indicated the approximate location of both our “Green” and “Gold” season ticket seats. Too bad we weren’t alive yet in 1957.

Hearty fans during the NFL’s greatest game — the famed “Ice Bowl” (the 1967 NFL championship) on December 31, 1967. The ’58 NFL championship gets the “Greatest Game” vote everywhere but in the state of Wisconsin. 

Future Hall of Fame FB Jim Taylor at Louisiana State University. 

Packers’ RB Tom Moore tries to elude a Giants’ tackler in the frigid 1962 NFL championship game in New York’s Yankee Stadium. 

Something you don’t get a chance to see too often — heavy earth-moving equipment on the Lambeau Field playing surface during snow removal operations. 

From this year’s Steelers game, an image of the field tarp being removed by the grounds crew. If you go into the stadium when the gates open (usually two hours before game time), you might be able to witness this operation first-hand. 

This has nothing to do with Packers football, but once we saw the photo, it had to go up on the ol’ blog.
Photo credits: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, New York Post, Green Bay Packers.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Slides? We’ve Got Slides

Alerted by our fellow internet colleagues at Uniwatch, we checked out a batch of old NFL slides up for bid on eBay recently, and of course, we dug through the selection to find the ones pertaining to the Green Bay Packers. So here is the batch of slides featuring the green & gold, starting with some action vs. the (then) Los Angeles Rams.

There were also a few featuring the Packers and the Detroit Lions, in the Motor City. 

Some home action against the Baltimore Colts was represented as well. 

Here are a couple of vertical images from a home game against the Minnesota Vikings. 

Lastly, there was one image from the Super Bowl I victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More Auction Goodies

From time to time, we look at online auctions for Packer-related stuff. We came across these photos from a previous auction that was closed. But it’s fun to look at all of the fine photos in large format. Above, Ray Nitschke playing fullback at the University of Illinois.

Head Coach Bart Starr during his coaching era. 

QB Bart Starr from his earlier playing days. 

Head Coach Phil Bengston with Starr on the sideline.

Starr coaching on the sideline. 

FB Jim Taylor against the lions in Detroit in 1962. 

Starr in an undated photo. 

Head Coach Vince Lombardi in an undated photo. 

Starr barking out the signals later in the Sixties. 

Starr coaching on the sideline in cold weather. 

Starr ready to hand off the ball. 

Starr along the sideline on a nice Fall day. 

Starr rides the blocking sled during Training Camp. Note vintage Lambeau Field in the background.

Jim Taylor looks for some daylight to run into. 

Starr at a contract-extending press conference. 

Great shot of Starr on the road after having thrown the ball downfield.
Photos courtesy of Mears Online Auctions.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Vintage Photos

Our Packerville nerve center is back up and running, and we did not lose anything, but we are still having a few software issues. To make up for our non-activity during this past week, we thought we’d post some images found around the internet. More from us soon. Above, a staged publicity photo of HB Paul Hornung.

Hornung in his Army days. Back when Lombardi enlisted the services of President John F. Kennedy to make him available for the NFL Championship game in 1961.

Hornung 1960’s publicity shot. 

Hornung in the 1965 NFL Championship game in Green Bay. 

 Another 1960’s posed publicity shot.

Hornung in “Heisman pose,” with his Heisman Trophy. 

Hornung later in the Lombardi Era. 

Hornung at Notre Dame. 

Hornung’s fellow backfield mate, FB Jim Taylor in a posed publicity photo. 

Taylor pictured before an away game during a Sixties’ season. 

Another posed publicity shot.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When College Joes Beat the Pros

We hope to be back up and running fully on Friday, with access to all our files. In the meantime, here’s a story of interest to those of you wondering about the College All-Star games they used to play each year — pitting the reigning NFL champs vs. the best of the NCAA. This time, it didn’t go so well for Lombardi’s squad at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Anniversary Day

Our technical difficulties continue, hopefully to be solved by Friday. But we’re logging in remotely via another computer, so we can at least post some things in the meantime. As we were reminded by the Green Bay Press-Gazette, today is the 22nd anniversary of the trade for QB Brett Favre. In 1992, Green Bay sent a First-Round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for this little-known player who would transform the franchise. We were traveling at the time and recall seeing a tiny blurb in the USA Today about the transaction, which made us say, “Who?!”

Monday, February 10, 2014

Packerville, U.S.A. Emergency

Packerville, U.S.A. has been the victim of a hard drive crash, and we hope to be back up and running soon. Your patience is appreciated. Thank you.