In the earliest days of football in the 1860s some players simply tied a bandana around their heads. There weren't even leather football helmets then. In those days there were brutal plays. Players actually trampled on opposing team members, yet there was no protection for players' heads. 18 deaths were reported. The earliest leather football helmets were invented by a Navy player in 1893 after his doctor warned him that one more kick to the head could kill or paralyze him for life. The player asked a local blacksmith to improvise a leather harness hat to protect his head. Thus the first football helmet was born. Soon other players created additional styles of leather football helmets to protect their heads and ears. Styles included the early beehive leather football helmet, the flat-top leather football helmets, and the dogear leather football helmet. The colors began to show up on early 1940s leather football helmets. Before that most helmets were plain natural leather either brown, cordovan, or black. Color leather football helmets allowed the quarterback to better see the receiver at long distances when he was far down the field. So more and more teams began to paint their leather football helmets to put some visibility sizzel into their games. Gradually in the late 1940s the leather football helmet began to be replaced by early plastics. However many of the early plastic football helmets shattered and caused injury. So, the leather football helmet survived through the World War II years and lingered into the early 1950s. Some pooreer high school teams and JR high teams used old leather helmets right into the 1960s and 70s. But gradually the old leather football helmet was replaced by the plastics.
You need the football helmet mainly for protection ,especially concussions. Way back in the good ol' days, players wore helmets made from leather and without face mask , nowadays players have something to hold on to, of course illegally. The football helmet is also used for the uniform and team identification. The rough and tumble British sport "Rugby",players wear no protection gear at all.
The history of the leather football helmet is unique. The First helmets were created in the 1890s. Before that helemets were not worn. The earliest helmets were made of fine tanned leather mainly of Cow, & Horse hides. Later after 1900 and only up toill 1905 some of the softer shell helmets were made of tanned pig . But mainly cow hide ... saddle quality versions were used from the 1890-1940 eras of the leather football helmet. More interesting information about the helmet history can be found on the Past Time Sports history site at There, they explain and show examples of the earliest leather football helmets from the beehive Dogear style , the flat top style and the Dogear heavy style into the most recognized 1920-1940 Red Grange era styles and patterns. This is a comprehensive place to view and research leather football helmets at Pasttimesports.biz A history and tradition more than 100 years old. The leather football helmet has it’s origin more than100 years ago first worn in an 1893 Army-Navy game. An Annapolis shoemaker created the first helmet for Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves out of tanned Cow hide. Reeves had been advised by a Navy doctor that he would be risking death or “instant insanity” if he took another kick to the head. Later in 1896 Lafayette College halfback George Barclay so feared the fabled cauliflower ear on his “hearing organs”, which he felt was a direct cause of playing bare-headed, that he had a playing hat made. His design was a special headgear which was held to his head by three heavy leather straps fashioned by a harness maker, thus giving the first football helmets the nomenclature “head-harness”. The Golden Era - The helmet as we know it today has undergone many changes in its 100 years. Helmets were not mandatory until the 30’s. Most of the 1890--1915 games were actually played without helmets. It was not unusual to see half of the early players with helmets and half without. Around World War I the helmets were so flimsy that they were often mistaken for aviator caps. Year by year more padding was added and from the 1920’s thru 1940’s, considered the Golden Age of college, pro and high school football — helmets, like the ones we are offering here, always were strictly of leather construction. Flying wing, colors and targets - Another interesting fact was that nearly all of the games in this era were played in unadorned helmets —school logos colors and mascots were rarely used. As the great rivalries grew colleges and high schools began to hand-paint their helmets. The idea was that the simple colors, in the first days of the forward pass, allowed receivers to finally be distinguishable to the quarterback when they were heavily covered and far down the field. Not until 1948 was the first logo, the Rams horns, painted on a pro leather helmet. Soon after, practically every college, pro and high school team put their logos and mascots on their helmets. But the great old leather helmet was spared much of this “clutter” as it’s days faded into history before 1950. Visit Past time Sports at for great reaseracgh info.
You have a 2% chance of dying in football.But,there have been deaths in the early days of football
In early times it was made from a pigs bladder then it evolved into a solid leather ball. Then to a rubber balloon covered in leather to what it is today which is a mixture of plastic and lether with no seem but glued in order to prevent the leakage of air and leather.
It depends on which aspect you are looking at. The field goal post used to be at the front of the end zone (that was changed to keep players from being knocked out), the helments were little leather caps at one point and shoulder pads were hardly existant. In the early days the football itself was more round than now days.
a tanned pig skin making it look kind of like cow leather this is where the term pigskin came from
In the early days of tennis, balls were often made of leather stuffed with hair or wool. The early tennis balls were made by Scottish craftsmen.
They started wearing leather jackets, then leather suits. In their early days of fame, they wore Pierre Cardin collarless suits. Later in their career (after touring) they wore colourful hippi clothes.
From the early days of 600s in Egypt they got nails and stuck them through there thongs.
Leather & the suedes.
The team that Tom Hiddleston supports is the Rangers Football Club. This is his football club since his early childhood days.
In it's very early days, football was played with a pigs stomach.
Roman helmets, the galea or cassis, varied significantly over time and between different types of military units. It is thought that originally they were influenced by the helmets of the Etruscans. The Romans then, still in the early days, adopted the bronze helmets of the Greeks. Later the design of Roman helmets were influenced by the design of the helmets of the Gauls. They also had a crest holder. The crest were made with plumes or horse hair. The crest of the legionaries were mounted in a back to front direction, while those of the centurions were mounted transversely. In the later period of the empire they were used only occasionally.
In the early days of golf, wooden balls were used. Starting in the 1800s, golf balls were made of a feather filled leather ball.
Most leather produced in the United States and around the world is chrome-tanned Most leather these days is produced in China where even the Italian leather companies have their factories.
because leather was not worth as much
He is worth a lot of money nowadays, a far cry from his football & construction worker early days.
Teams wear numbers on the back of the helmets to honor players who have passed away. All teams in the NFL this week are wearing a '21' on their helmets to honor former Redskins safety Sean Taylor who was murdered a few days back.
David Beckham retired from professional football in early 2013. He spent his last season playing at Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and donated his entire salary to charity.
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The 'invention' of football goes back as far as the 11th century in England. During those days the football was an inflated bladder, usually from a pig. This is where the term 'pigskin' came from. In 1876, colleges that played football agreed upon a ball to be used that consisted of a vulcanized rubber bladder encased within leather. So, to answer your question, the first football was made from a pig's bladder.
All military pilots wore leather flight helmets during WW2. They are called helmets, but actually they were soft leather caps that covered the ears and back of the head; not like the safety helmets of the jet age. The "helmets" had straps for the pilot's goggles to be attached to. Pilots in those days had to have goggles, because propeller driven airplanes could be flown with their canopies open, and pilots could stick their heads outside of the plane's cockpit to get a better view, as when landing. The flight "helmet" also kept the wind (and cold) from deafening the pilot's ears, as it had had leather flaps to cover the ears.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Even if the kamikazes had access to the helmets of modern aviation, though, wearing them wouldn't be a pointless endeavor on a mission to crash their planes into American warships. If you're familiar with aviation or even gravity, you know that a pilot's helmet is not going to do much good in most crashes. A plane meeting another solid object abruptly normally results in death, no matter what the pilot has on his or her head. What a helmet, or even a softer leather flight cap, is good for is protecting a pilot's head from getting knocked by the cockpit canopy during high-speed, mid-air maneuvering, like the kind you have to do to avoid gunfire while nosediving into a ship.Couple this with the fact that kamikazes sometimes had to abort their missions before the explosive finale due to turbulence, weather or visibility issues, and the pilots' protective headgear becomes much more apparent as an aid to help them complete their mission, not necessarily survive it.
Voting in America changed drastically from the early days to the present. Women and African-Americans couldn't vote in the early days and now they can.