Football for the Printlover
Once the media folks are done with the blather about the quarterback’s tattoos and the linebacker’s deer antler spray (?), they like to mention that today’s Super Bowl is “historic,” because the two opposing squads are coached by brothers. But that little bit of fluff seems more coincidental than historic.
If you want to bring a true historical perspective to the nacho platter chatter, you might bore your neighbor by pointing out that both teams draw their names from roughly contemporaneous events. San Francisco’s 49ers are of course named after the California Gold Rush of 1849, and the Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, which was first published in 1845.
Here are some printed gems to get you ready for the big showdown:
The Raven by John Tenniel, 1858
wood engraving of SF in 1849
The Raven by Gustave Doré, 1884
wood engraving from Harper’s New Monthly, 1860
The Raven by Edouard Manet, 1875
Gold rush broadside (“200 jack asses” is not a slam against 49ers fans)
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