Johnson County,KS: Then and Now

I  had an idea for this post for some time and what could be a better day to do this when Kansas City is swirling with football news (it’s like someone was just waiting for years to pull the trigger and update Wikipedia) and it’s cold as hell (and I know cold) so I am not about to go outside to snap some photos.

Looks like Kansas School for the Deaf – the birthplace of the football huddle maintains the most complete set of annual pictures of their football team. In today’s issue I will post some photos to trace the evolution of their uniforms (yes, there is evolution in Kansas, you just have to know where to look).

Note: I took a shortcut here and bypassed lots of uploading/linking, so all the photos link back to the search results.

1899

1899

1900

1900

1901

1901

1911

1911

1914

1914

1919

1919

1927

1927

1931

1931

1946

1946

1948

1948

1952

1952

1961

1961

1968

1968

1982

1982

2006

2006

This look at the past was brought to you by the Kansas City Lunch Spots : Celebrating 100’s meaningful post.
Also sponsored by: The Weather: It’s Frightful
Additional financing by: My Job: I am still employed!

Previous posts here.

  • Cara

    Call me crazy, but the dude in the center of the 1900 picture is a dead ringer for our blogbuddy Keith.

  • Owen

    Loved this!

    Couple thoughts:

    The 1900 team might have been coached by Herm Edwards. A resounding ZERO points for the entire season.

    I’m happy to see that the team start integrating racially as early as 1927. See, JOCO is not as backwards as everyone thinks.

    Today, when I got into my car, I thought of it being cold like Russia and then thought of you. Actually though, it was three times as warm today in Moscow.

    I forgot to invite you to a beer tasting this weekend. I should have and I apologize. Please come to my next one, whenever it may be.

  • Owen, I am glad you can still feel regret for not inviting me to a party of my dreams. That only proves you are human and not a blogging robot like someone else I know. 🙂

  • Very cool, Meesha! I love this series of yours!

  • af

    Holy crap, actually, Cara is right! lol

    This blog was full of awesomeness.. but I love it when you post old photos.

    af out.

  • Why are these ancient posts showing up on Facebook? Not that I don’t enjoy them, but this is a mystery.

  • I put them up there hoping more people will read them. I can stop.

  • Don’t stop! I haven’t seen them. I just wondered what was going on.