Northwestern Home Game Programs Gallery

Part 8: 1953 through 1958
Posted 2/26/12; Updated 11/26/13

NU returned to original football program cover artwork in 1950.  Then, in 1953, under the art direction of Lew Merrell, Northwestern hit on a distinctive program cover.  The style featured a football-shaped photo cutout of some scene from Dyche Stadium, surrounded by a stylized, fifties-style pen and ink drawing.

Merrell changed the format slightly each year, but the football-shaped photo remained a feature of the cover until NU dropped the style after the 1958 season.

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Sept. 26, 1953
Iowa State
First program to feature the "football photo" style.

Oct. 3, 1953
Army





October 10, 1953
Minnesota

October 24, 1953
Pittsburgh





Nov. 7, 1953
Wisconsin

Nov. 21, 1953
Illinois





Sept. 25, 1954
Iowa State
1954 brought a slight change to the style, dropping the Willie icon and adding the drawing of the new McGaw Hall.

Oct. 2, 1954
USC





Oct. 16, 1954
Michigan

Oct. 30, 1954
Ohio State





Nov. 13, 1954
Indiana

Sept. 24, 1955
Miami (O)
For '55, the Willie icon returned (at least, the head did).





Oct. 8, 1955
Minnesota

Oct. 22, 1955
Indiana





Nov. 5, 1955
Wisconsin

Nov. 19, 1955
Illinois



Sept. 29, 1956
Iowa State
A slight change to the design for '56, featuring the Dyche arches.  This cover featured Coach Parseghian for his NU coaching debut.

Oct. 6, 1956
Tulane


Nov. 3, 1956
Ohio State

Nov. 17, 1956
Purdue



Nov. 24, 1956
Illinois
This cover used the same photo of the Chief as the 1953 cover, above.

Oct. 5, 1957
Oregon State
In 1957, NU returned to the '54 cover style.  This cover shows a scene from Band Day.  For the next decade NU hosted Oregon State occasionally for Band Day.




Oct. 12, 1957
Minnesota

Oct. 26, 1957
Iowa




Nov. 9, 1957
Wisconsin

Sept. 27, 1958
Washington State - Classic Cover

The final version of this cover style, for 1958, featured Dyche Stadium and its goal posts.  This particular cover, for the Washington State game, epitomized the style and ranks as one of the twenty CLASSIC NU PROGRAM COVERS.



Oct. 4, 1958
Stanford

Oct. 18, 1958
Michigan



Nov. 1, 1958
Ohio State

Nov. 15, 1958
Purdue


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