Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933


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SDN-0000368
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SDN-0000290
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SDN-0000324
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SDN-0000935

In the twentieth century, American football developed from a game with few teams, few fans, and little standardized equipment into a major sport. In the Chicago area, some high schools sponsored football teams (SDN-000368, SDN-000290, SDN-000324) as did other groups, such as Fort Sheridan army base's team ca. 1902 (SDN-000935). But it was the college and university teams that grew rapidly in popularity. More and more people, including many people who never attended college, began to pay attention to football and make celebrities of some players and coaches. Meanwhile professional football teams struggled to gain a wider following.

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SDN-0002159
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SDN-0000937
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SDN-0001022
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SDN-0004372

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SDN-0000181
Early images in this collection show teams with mismatched uniforms and a great variety of padding and headgear (SDN-002159, SDN-000937, SDN-001022, SDN-004372). There were so few teams in the decades of the 1900s that high school teams sometimes played games with college teams (SDN-000181, SDN-000179) and teams would travel considerable distances in order to play against an outstanding opponent. For example, ca. 1902, a football team from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (New York) traveled to Chicago and played Hyde Park High School's team (SDN-001073, SDN-001075, SDN-001074).

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SDN-0000179
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SDN-0001073
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SDN-0001075
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SDN-0001074


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