Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Packers Uniforms to Add More Color", 1959

Fifty-three years ago today, on July 17, 1959, the Associated Press sent this story to its subscriber papers:

And with that, a classic was born.

It's strange to see the now-iconic Packer uniforms being introduced as new. Almost as strange as seeing them described as "myrtle green".

For context on the "more color" headline, it's important to remember what the Packers had been wearing in the years leading up to 1959. At home, the Packers were wearing rather drab dark bluish-green jerseys with gold numbers and Northwestern stripes.

On the road, the Packers wore blue and white, no gold at all.

Given that, it's not surprising that Lombardi's mix of dark green, gold and white should have appeared so colorful.

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