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1946 Cheeseman Pictorial Map of United States College Football Team

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1946 Cheeseman Pictorial Map of United States College Football Team


Wonderful pictorial map celebrating the beginning of the 1946 college football season.


Albert Richard Sportswear Grid Revue.
  1946 (dated)     17 x 21.75 in (43.18 x 55.245 cm)


This is a scarce 1946 F.E. Cheeseman pictorial map of United States college football teams - possibly the rarest of the series. The map depicts the continental United States from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Seaboard and from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and the Gulf of Mexico. Pennants, stuck into the map of the United States as if it were a cork board, mark the location of a plethora of American college football teams, with many of the most successful teams present. Smaller white banners with green text mark the conference winners which include Army, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Denver, Colorado College, U.S.C., Alabama, and Duke. The map is situated 'above' a football field, with a quarterback to the left and three cheerleaders in the bottom right corner. The teams in the National Professional Football League and the All-America Professional Football Conference are recognized below the map. The whole is framed by numerous different graphics and tables providing information about the history of college football and about the previous season. For example, a portrait of the 1945 Heisman Trophy Winner Army fullback Felix (Doc) Blanchard, is included on the left just above nine portraits of 'great all-time coaches'. Portraits of famous all-time players are on the right, below an illustration of the first inter-collegiate game of football played between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. Sketches of the All-Star game between the Los Angeles Rams and the College All-Stars and of Harvard Stadium, the first football stadium built in America, are situated along the bottom.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by F.E. Cheeseman and for distribution by the Albert Richard Sportswear Company. Editions of this map were published from 1938 through 1941, and evidently in 1946. This is the only known example of the 1946 edition.


F. E. Cheeseman (fl. c. 1938 - 1946) is known for the colorful set of four college football maps he produced for the Albert Richard Company between 1938 and 1946. He signed some of his maps as F. E. Cheeseman and others as E. E. Cheeseman, although it is not known why. During World War II, Cheeseman's work for Albert Richard changed and became much more patriotic. He also created military-themed work for Albert Richard during the war. More by this mapmaker...

Albert Richard Company (c. late 1920s - c. 1955) began as a division of the Fried-Ostermann Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fried-Ostermann was a glove manufacturer, and in the late 1920s, decided to diversify their production and opened a division to produce outerwear, which they called Albert Richard. Albert Richard produced leather jackets, mackinaws, overcoats, and sportswear and would soon become more profitable than the glove-making part of the company. Before World War II, Albert Richard advertising focused on health and sports, and received endorsements from college football players. From about 1938 to 1950, Albert Richard partnered with F. E. Cheeseman to published a series of poster size college football maps, which bore advertisements for the company’s jackets on the verso. After the outbreak of World War II, Albert Richard began manufacturing flight jackets for the military under the name of their parent company Fried-Ostermann. Leather jackets, overcoats, and similar products were heavily advertised by Albert Richard during the war. They also gave their jackets model names like ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Meteor’. During the war Albert Richard also gave away wall-sized posters depicting various American military aircraft. Fried-Ostermann sold Albert Richard to the Drybak Corporation of Binghampton, New York in 1952. Daybook began manufacturing Albert Richard clothing in 1953 at a factory in New Jersey, with plans to move production to New York by 1954. However, in 1955, Drybak bought the Martin Mfg. Co. of Martin, Tenessee, closed their operations in Binghampton and moved to the plant in Tennessee, where labor prices were lower. Learn More...


Good. Closed tear extending 1.5 inches into printed area from right margin professionally repaired on verso. Closed tear extending 2.25 inches into printed area from left margin professionally repaired on verso. Exhibits crackling. Light soiling. 1946 college football schedules on verso.