Peeling back the curtain just a bit, I haven't been able to post as much as I'd like recently, so here's a sneak peek at an article I'm working on for a future entry.
This post-game celebration photo was taken on December 17, 1960 in the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the Packers had just clinched the Western Conference title with a win over the Rams.
Although I always appreciate an opportunity to see the Packer coach hoisted in victory, what really intrigues me is the jersey numbers.
Jerry Kramer's "64" is a bold, simple sans-serif font. Behind him is defensive back Emlen Tunnell, whose jersey features serifed numbers, very similar to those still worn today.
It looks as though Tunnell is wearing an old jersey — this photo from 1959, featuring Lombardi being carried off the field after his first victory as coach, shows the Packers wearing serifed numbers in the 1959 season:
This style disparity often indicates that the two jerseys came from different uniform suppliers. In those days, manufacturers would have their own number styles, and teams would switch from one to the other, season by season, depending on where they were buying their uniforms. I'm trying to track the number variances, and thereby the Packers' manufacturer history.
Kramer wore many jersey number styles in his Packer career. We might be able to track that history based on photos of him alone:
This wire photo, stamped 1963 but possibly taken earlier, shows us a third style, with the serifed "6".
We think of the classic 1960s Packer uniform as being very solid and fixed, but Lombardi's early days were filled with this type of tweaking and minor fluctuation. More to come.
(Updated after comments - h/t: Tom)