Sunday, November 12, 2017

Packers at Bears — 1950

Since the Packers have traveled to Chicago to play the Bears this Sunday, here’s an appropriate piece of football history to highlight. This is the game program from the October 15, 1950 contest at Wrigley Field.

The ad on the bottom half of this page features the automobile dealership of Chicago QB Sid Luckman, who was playing his final season in the NFL. He won four championships (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946) during his 1939-50 tenure with the team. 

Things that don’t exist anymore — tube televisions and the DuMont Television Network. DuMont was one of the world's pioneer commercial television networks, rivalling NBC and CBS for the distinction of being first overall in the United States. Having began operation in 1946, they were out of business by the end of the 1950’s.

A two-page feature on the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff of 1950.

Philip Morris, maker of fine cigarettes in an era when even doctors thought smoking was healthy, provided the football game-attendee with these helpful illustrations of the officials’ signals.

Yes, the campaign ad seen here on the lower half of the page is THAT Richard J. Daley, longtime Chicago politician best know for his iron grip on the mayorship of that city from 1955-76. His famous quote from the contentious 1968 Democratic convention in his city will live forever: “Gentlemen, let's get this thing straight, once and for all. The policeman is not here to create disorder. The policeman is here to preserve disorder.

And here is the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff for the 1950 season.

How cool would it be if Detroit still made these incredible cars?

History of the Bears-Packers rivalry as it stood in 1950.

We wonder if there was a competing “Conservative Clothing Co.” to provide fine suits for the Republican clothing purchaser?

Some great 1950’s ad styling going on here.

Just a few of the Bears’ stars that one would’ve watched that day.

The Chicago Bears complete 1950 roster.

You can get televisions cheaper than this nowadays. With much larger screens.

Team rosters in the game program’s center spread.

If you love old movies and classic radio shows from this era, then you’re familiar with a star of the magnitude of Mr. William Bendix.

The Green Bay Packers’ complete 1950 roster.

We like the little box in the lower left on this page about physicians who might’ve been attending the game that day in Wrigley Field.

Some more Bears of 1950.

The league standings up to that weekend in 1950’s NFL season.

A warm-up jacket for $6.95? Consider this:
• In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.
• In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.
• In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents.
• In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.

Great political ad graphics from that era.

Here’s the remaining NFL football schedule for 1950.

Another nice ad from an era when television was in its infancy.

Schenley whiskey, made by Schenley industries, was one of the largest liquor groups operating out of the U.S. during the 20th century, with significant interests in Bourbon, American and Canadian whisky, gin and vodka. Schenley’s New York headquarters once occupied five floors of the Empire State building, which with over 800 employees made it the largest employer in residence. In 1975 Seager Evans & Co — which controlled all of Schenley’s Scotch assets — was sold to British brewer Whitbread.

On this fall Sunday in Chicago, the Bears prevailed by a score of 28-14 in front of 51,065 fans. The Packers had won the previous meeting in Green Bay on October 1st, 31-21.