Pre-dating eight-figure salaries and endorsement deals, college football players took the field for the sake of school pride and an honest effort. Named to the College Football All-Star squad in 1951, (59) players humbly accepted the praise and posed for this original black-and-white photograph. Assembled at what appears to be a ballroom, the players are clad in white suit jackets with stars-and-stripes themed logo patches. Framed to 20-5/8 x 13” (no glass),the photo bears a “Burke & Dean” credit. A gorgeous and glossy relic from a bygone era.
In addition to the above-mentioned (59) players, (9) men (likely coaches) are pictured, as is a young woman. The image was likely captured in a Chicago hotel, as the College All-Stars annually squared off against the previous year’s NFL champions at Soldier Field. As for the “Burke & Dean” credit (as printed on the original negative), it is entirely possible that the photography studio had a link to famed shutterbug George Burke (who hailed from Chicago), but George Burke had retired following a heart attack in 1948 and died in 1951. Thus, his duties had been taken over by George Brace.
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