follows is a series of images showing the changes to the Northwestern
uniform during the last 135 years. This page is inspired, in part,
The Helmet Project Web Site (see Links Page for information about
Project). If such a site could be done for helmets, why not for
Like the Helmet Project site, I have used a graphic image
for the following uniforms, changing features on it to detail NU's
There are certainly many differences between the real uniforms and the
shown here: the colors of many of the early uniforms are estimated
are represented in black and white photos and brief descriptions).
the size and style of the jersey have changed, and I've shown only a
those changes. One critical discrepancy is sleeve length.
the 1950s the NU jersey had long sleeves, but I've shown all of them
modern, shorter, sleeves. This has afforded the images
and convenience. Another difference is the font style of the
numbers, which only approximates the font really used. I did
the font a couple of times, but only to demonstrate a major change in
NU was using at the time. Sorry for the inaccuracy, but this was
an error of convenience.
The uniforms are divided into sections depending on which jersey was
at the time. If the title of a section is just the year(s)-- for
"1889 - 1892"-- this indicates that either there were no separate home
away jerseys, or that the home and away jerseys had the same style.
a section is defined by a year and a color-- for example "1929 - 1931
this indicates that the NU color uniform's style differed from that
the white uniform, and they must be shown separately.
Before the Under Armour era, white jerseys are shown only if they
differ significantly from the purple (or black) home jersey. During the
Under Armour era, we show all jerseys, even if the white jersey is not
stylistically different from the home jersey.