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Ladies Loved Auburn’s Orange Jerseys Back in the 1940’s

What you see below is not a colorized version of a black and white picture. You are looking at one of the only color photos from the 1941 Glomerata and proof that Auburn really has worn orange jerseys (other than in the Barfield era) during their storied history.

It looks like they were a hit, too. Apparently all you had to do was walk around campus wearing a full football uniform that included an orange jersey and blue pants and the ladies would flock to you.

The lady effect must have worked because Auburn wore these uniforms for the next five or so years. In 1942, ladies didn’t even have to walk to class. They were carried by uniformed men.

And here’s a sideline shot from 1943:

I’m not sure if this photo was staged or not, but notice there are no helmets or any other equipment laying around. In a game shot of All-American Monk Gafford (below), we see that leather helmets were worn. And from my visual history of the Auburn uniform, we know that – at least in 1946 – these leather helmets were blue.

As I said last week, I’m going through the history of Auburn uniforms one Glomerata at a time (in no particular order) and will try to post something new every week until we get closer to football season. I’m working my way up to an idea that I think you will all love, or hate. Yeah, most likely hate, but you’ll get your chance to voice that opinion when we get there.

Any tips or cool stories are welcome, so send them in.

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12 comments

BH 03/13/2012 at 2:37 pm

What building are they standing in front of? Any idea?

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DBAU81 03/13/2012 at 8:50 pm

It’s the stadium (I think).

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George 03/13/2012 at 9:26 pm

I’m pretty sure its the stadium, before it was named Cliff Hare.

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BartC c/o 95 03/13/2012 at 7:44 pm

If your idea is for them to wear orange jerseys again Blogle, I don’t have a problem with that at all. I think it’d be neat to break them out maybe one time a season. I loved the Chik Fil A bowl this year…even though it was UVa in orange. I actually have one of the orange jerseys from the 70s and I think it’s the coolest piece of AU history since colored construction paper was invented.

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Steven 03/13/2012 at 10:51 pm

I would love to see auburn in an orange version the the If Auburn Had Nike Pro Uniforms.”

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AuburnAlum05 03/14/2012 at 11:58 am

Ugh. All of this orange jersey love is making me queasy.

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The WarBlogler 03/14/2012 at 12:03 pm

No real love. Just proving that they were there.

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Stephen 03/14/2012 at 2:05 pm

I think, since it’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that our “traditional” uniforms aren’t THAT traditional, it would be really cool to have an REAL “traditional” uniform for one game: either the season opener (against Clemson, I know, but still…), Homecoming, or the IB. I think the IB could be cool if both schools do a throwback jersey, like these pictured. I’m sure under armor could whip us up something real nice like… Keep the uniform love comin’, Blogle.

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LarryB 08/16/2012 at 1:27 am

I enjoy this blog. Saw it in UniWatch. Actually found it a while ago but did not register until now. I really like this column about the ladies and orange jerseys in the 40’s. Keep up the good work.

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The WarBlogler 08/16/2012 at 11:31 am

Thanks!

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John 10/19/2012 at 8:03 am

I’m confused about that sideline shot since Auburn supposedly did not field a team in 1943 due to WWII. Absolutely love your blog! Thanks.

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Keith 01/14/2013 at 2:16 pm

I just want to win football games. Forget about jerseys. WIN. GAMES.

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