Using this guideline for sets on pages bound into the game programs (in some set cases loose items were inserted into the programs as well), the classic late fifties to mid sixties team specific issues of the B.C. Lions, the Edmonton Eskimos and the Montreal Alouettes were detailed in CCF V2.
|October 1st, 1960 Winnipeg Blue Bombers program with dedicated player pictures|
But sometimes there are borderline situations, case in point in 1960 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers printed a set of 4 pictures in every program intended for fans (HEY FELLAS!) to cut out and paste into their Hudson's Bay Quarterback Club Scrap Book. These pictures were printed on regular program stock and were not perforated but printed perforation lines were provided to aid the collector in cutting out the action shots.
As far as I know no copies of the stated HBC QB Club specific scrap book have surfaced yet, but they must have been specially produced and marked as such. No doubt there are some few surviving copies sitting undetected somewhere in attics and basements in Winnipeg or surrounding small town Manitoba.
|August 18th, 1960 & October 24th, 1960 |
Winnipeg Blue Bombers programs with dedicated player pictures
August 18th was the first regular season Bomber home game in 1960, meaning the first set of pictures would likely have been printed in the August 4th pre-season game. October 24th was the last regular season Bomber home game in 1960, meaning the set is probably complete at 36 pictures. Although there were two subsequent home playoff games in Winnipeg so the number could be larger, however these types of promotions normally did not extend through the playoffs.
|1953 Hudson's Bay Company Blue Bomber Junior Quarterback Club Cloth Patch|
& 1965 Hudson's Bay Company Blue Bomber Touchdown Club Pinback
The Hudson's Bay Company had a long history of supporting the Bombers by sponsoring various fan clubs well before and well after the 1960 scrapbook was produced.
The following season the Bomber programs included one full page sized Player Of The Game picture in each program. These were not particularly designated to be removed by fans but from the perspective of making collector's aware of material featuring specific players, they should be listed when each game program is catalogued separately. Assuming the day ever arrives where a CCF Volume dedicated to Publications and Ephemera materializes.
|August 24th, 1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers program with dedicated player picture|
After putting out loose photo program insert sets in 1959 and 1960, and perforated program insert sets in 1961 and 1962 the B.C. Lions also went the route of just printing the pictures directly in the program on the same paper stock in 1963. They would return to program inserts on different stock in 1964 and 1965, but for the 1963 season if the fans wanted individual pictures they had to cut them out themselves, without the benefit of printed perforated cut lines even.
|September 30th, 1963 B.C. Lions program with dedicated player pictures|
According to B.C. Lions memorabilia expert John Wirtanen kids all over the lower mainland were cutting out these 1963 pictures and pasting them to their bedroom walls and into (generic) scrap books. After four seasons of plenty of available inserts, they were probably conditioned to expect more. It is not uncommon to see old 1963 B.C. programs rendered pretty undesirable because the pictures have been removed.
|August 12th, 1963 & October 19th, 1963 |
B.C. Lions programs with dedicated player pictures
The Lion's fan clubs were sponsored by Woodward's for many years and you can see a selection of their QB Club related ephemera in this earlier blog post.
Now of course individual player images in Canadian Football programs date to at least as far back as the very first programs that were being issued in the first decade of the 20th century. Notably those very early programs are so hard to come by that determining what their total seasonal player picture content was is not really achievable.
Team programs would generally feature head or posed action shots of their own players and eventually included a handful of that evening's opponents most dangerous stars. Going back a decade to 1953 we see some examples of these types of in stadium full length pictures from Calgary.
|September 5th, 1953 Calgary Stampeders program with dedicated player pictures|
These images were sourced from the team's own media photos, that were also usually distributed to newspapers in town and in the other league cities, as well as to the other league teams. That way the other cities had access to promote the upcoming games in the papers with opponents pictures as well as in their own programs.
Since not all media photos from those eras are known to have survived, the presence of the pictures in the printed material is very useful to compile accurate information on what images did exist at one time in the past. Sometimes you are lucky enough to acquire the exact media photos that were used, as was the case below.
September 12th, 1953 Calgary Stampeders program with dedicated player pictures,
and the original media photo of John Henry Johnson used for the picture
I would like to point out how the increased clarity of the actual original photograph of John Henry Johnson allows you to really appreciate the imposing grandeur of Calgary's Mewata Stadium in the background. Yes, Calgary's civic leaders were complete ignoramuses with regards to funding half-decent sports facilities for the people that pay the municipal tax bill 70 years ago too.
Some fan clubs in Calgary were sponsored by the Hudson's Bay Company at least in the first half of the fifties, but apparently for a shorter period of time than other department stores in other CFL cities.
|Early Fifties Hudson's Bay Company Stampeder Junior Quarterback Club Cloth Patch|
& 1954 Stampeder Quarterback Club Pinback
Going back further to just after the end of WWII in 1945, we see that Ottawa was providing plenty of on-field posed action shots in their programs from their first season being re-constituted after the war. Check out the funky reverse direction Ottawa Rough Rider logo too.
|1945 Ottawa Rough Riders program with dedicated player pictures|
As catalogued in CCF V2 in 1939 the Rough Riders produced a set of perforated player cards attached within a postcard sized card stock envelope. The following 1940 season they seem to have combined the player perforated card idea within a similar envelope, but this time with sponsor advertising and it was designated as the official programme.
Perhaps wartime material rationing was responsible for combining the two products into one. Separate 1939 Rough Rider programs exist, I am unsure if separate 1940 programs exist. But very likely these are absolutely the very first program insert cards to have been issued for Canadian football.
|1940 Ottawa Rough Riders program with dedicated player pictures|
If you compare the image of Pete Kaluski below with that from 5 years later at bottom left from the 1945 program above, it is apparent that the Rough Riders probably refreshed their media photos at least every few seasons. Ottawa tended to place a lot of player pictures in their programs. In 1939 different players appeared on either side of the cards, that is probably the case for 1940 as well.
It is not known whether any department stores produced memorabilia that helped drive football interests with Ottawa fans during this time period.
Thanks to Mike Smith-Knutsen and John Henderson for scans and pics of some of the items displayed in this post.