MastroNet Spring 2005
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Before Urlacher, before Payton, before Butkus ... there were leather helmets, Wrigley Field and an NFL franchise that had long since made its mark as one of football's greatest. Yes, decades prior to 1985's "Super Bowl Shuffle," the George Halas-founded bands of gridiron heroes logged World Championship campaigns and did so with Hall of Fame players the likes of Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski and Sid Luckman. Here offered is a collection of four posters hawking the fabled team's home schedules for the 1930, 1936, 1941 and 1943 seasons. These rare, vintage broadsides were retrieved from the remnants of a fire that had razed the team's Madison Street office decades ago. The posters range in size from approximately 14" x 19-1/2" to 14" x 22-3/4" and feature the respective team's star player(s) along with game times and various other details. The '30 ad simply declares "FOOTBALL!" in orange-on-black characters across the top, below which lies both the team schedule and an artist's rendering of Grange. The "Monsters of the Midway," incidentally, finished third that year, despite allowing a League-low 71 points. The 1936 display features colorful drawings of stars Nagurski and Beattie Feathers—who toiled on both sides of the ball that season and still combined for 879 rushing yards. With even more to celebrate, a 1941 ad bellows "Watch THOSE BEARS AT WRIGLEY FIELD - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS" with an image of George McAfee punting a ball. The poster urges fans to "BUY TICKETS AT THE HUB" and to "RIDE THE 'L' DIRECT TO GAMES"—and with good reason, as the team was coming off a season in which it pummeled Washington 73-0 to earn a title. (The '41 Bears were to repeat via a 37-9 triumph over the New York Giants.) Finally, a bright orange-and-blue 1943 poster boasts "FOOTBALL THRILLS BY THESE CHICAGO BEARS" and offers 22 player headshots upon a black, football-shaped background. These brilliantly colorful display items are quite presentable considering their plight. There are burn marks along the edges of the 1930 and 1941 posters, as well as age-induced wrinkling on all, but the central images have retained a magnetic quality. A scarce and storied collection. Bear Down!
Extremely Rare 1930's/40's Chicago Bears Posters Picturing Grange, Nagurski and McAfee (4)
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