November 24, 2011

The Thanksgiving 1948 Cornell—Pennsylvania Football Game




     As a non-football fan I don’t usually pay attention to this sport.

     However, my daughter Sandy and her husband Michael (a HUGE sports fan) brought me the Rankin Field Illustrated book from the 1948 Cornell versus Pennsylvania football game. A pretty big booklet it is.

     My interest in Cornell University is with the founder, Ezra Cornell, who is a descendant of the Thomas and Rebecca Cornell family who lived in New England in the 1600s. You might notice, in my various writings, that I, too, am a descendant of the same 1600s couple. And, as an interesting note, so is Lizzy Borden.’

     Of course, having been a Pennsylvania resident since 1968 I must also take an inteest in the Pennsylvania team. My interest grew after I discovered I, a New Englander, am also a descendent of two 17790 Westmoreland County (Hempfield Township) settlers, the Rughs and the Mechlings.


     But today is November 24, 2011. sixty-three years after the 1948 football game of which I speak, a game that occurred just before I turned five years old.

     I thumbed through the magazine, the ads catching my eye more than the football data. However, for the football fans among you I’m posting the following pictures:


     One thing I did enjoy at the football games was the music and the cheers. So I include the following:

     Game data and music/cheers out of the way it’s time to review the ads, which provide some insight into life in the late 1940s.

     The first two ads were for television, something that was just reaching the mainstream in 1948. My grandparents, with whom I lived, probably purchased their first televisin set when I was seven, about two years after the football game. It was likely purchased in response to my life-threatening appendectomy—an appendix that had ruptured three days prior to my surgery.

     Gasoline had become a necessity by 1948:

     And banking—banks were forming in the late 1700s in Philadelphia—

     One of the biggest products advertised in the late 1940s and the 1950s was cigarettes. Smoking was considered to be sophisticated. I recall my mother smoking—nurses in a hospital started her habit right after I was born—and I recall picking up her cigarettes at the corner store, as well as being closed in in a car in a cloud of smoke.     

     But who then wouldn’t walk a mile for a CAMEL? My mother—she smoked Tareyton’s with the recessed filter!

     Finally, the ad on the back of the booklet:



I Wear My Cornell (University) Jacket Proudly

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The Thanksgiving Baby

Alex Trebek’s Debut Directing a Symphony Orchestra

Have Visions. Dream dreams.


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