Football for the Printlover

Once the media folks are done with the blather about the quarterback’s tattoos and the linebacker’s deer antler spray (?), they like to mention that today’s Super Bowl is “historic,” because the two opposing squads are coached by brothers. But that little bit of fluff seems more coincidental than historic.

If you want to bring a true historical perspective to the nacho platter chatter, you might bore your neighbor by pointing out that both teams draw their names from roughly contemporaneous events. San Francisco’s 49ers are of course named after the California Gold Rush of 1849, and the Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, which was first published in 1845.

Here are some printed gems to get you ready for the big showdown:

Tenniel Raven

The Raven by John Tenniel, 1858

SF 1849

wood engraving of SF in 1849

DORE Raven

The Raven by Gustave Doré, 1884

Harpers gold rush

wood engraving from Harper’s New Monthly, 1860

Manet Raven

The Raven by Edouard Manet, 1875

Gold Rush poster

Gold rush broadside (“200 jack asses” is not a slam against 49ers fans)


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2 Responses to “Football for the Printlover”

  1. Sandra says:

    I absolutely loved this posting! What a clever way to tie today’s event to your audience. You guys continue to make me want to check your posts every time! Kudos for the GREAT job you do.

  2. RL Tillman says:

    Thanks Sandra for your praise. We aim to please!