Football Helmet Evolution

A.G. Spalding & Bros.
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A. J. Reach & Co.
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The charts below are based on a comprehensive review of available vintage equipment catalogs and dated photographs. Dates for which information was verified by catalogs have been noted in the charts below. If you have catalog information missing from these charts that you'd be willing to share for this project, please email me at:
Evolutionary charts for A.G. Spalding & Bros. and A.J. Reach & Co. are provided below in both PDF and Excel format. Additional charts for other manufacturers will be added if and when sufficient information is obtained.
Full A.G. Spalding & Bros. Evolution Chart
Full A. J. Reach & Co. Evolution Chart
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From the most basic ear protectors to leather caps to composites, the football helmet has undergone a remarkable evolution over the past 120 years. is proud to present "120 Years of Football Evolution in Under 120 Seconds".

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Draper & Maynard Company
Excel Version
Full Draper & Maynard Evolution Chart
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Stall & Dean
Excel Version
Full Stall & Dean Evolution Chart
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