Sunday, March 31, 2013

1959 Vince Lombardi Photo

This 1959 photograph of Vince Lombardi recently sold at auction. It depicts the new coach overseeing his first training camp.

Heritage Auctions
I'm struck by the very simple attire, his solid pullover and cap (without the later the "GB" logo). In just a few seasons, he would introduce the team's first helmet logo and change the Packers' branding forever.

Looking past the Coach, you can see two players walking in the background.

They appear to be wearing the dark blue-green and gold uniforms of Vince's predecessor:

The Packers had a 1-10-1 record in 1958, their last year in those uniforms. 1959 brought a new coach, who brought a new attitude and new uniforms to boot.

Standing next to Lombardi on that late-summer day in 1959, I don't think any Packer Backer could have conceived of the changes in store for the once-proud franchise.

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