Oregon State Pin – Split Color – c. 1940-1950’s

This older Oregon State pin isn’t all that creative in style and it lacks a ribbon and charm, but it seems to be one of the harder to find OSU pins to find as I have only seen a couple of them in the last few years.  It’s also the only OSU pin I have seen with the split color down the middle. The font of the text is unique in the at the letters are more block style with each letter having some type of straight lines (like the S and the O), whereas nearly every other pin has the more traditional curvy font where the O really is an oval and the S is curved with no straight lines.  I’m not sure of the age of this pin, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s likely from the 1940’s-1950’s.

Split Color Pin

1930’s Oregon State (OSC) Wool-Felt Pennant

This black pennant came from an estate of a woman who had attended OSU (Then Oregon State College) back in the 1930’s.  It is slightly smaller than a traditional full sized pennant and it has stitched orange letters on the black felt.

From 1927-1937 Oregon State was known as Oregon State Agricultural College, but I’ve never been clear if they went by OSC during those times, or OAC as it had been known as prior to 1927 (I bet referencing some old yearbooks would clear that up!).  I don’t think I have ever seen “OSAC” as an acronym used on any pennants or anything, so my best guess is after 1927, despite still having the Agricultural in the name, I think the school went by OSC, as referenced on this pennant.  This specific OSC logo design, with the letters overlapping, isn’t very common and I have only seen it on two different pennants.  And the fact it came from an estate of a student in the 1930’s makes it clear it was one of the early OSC logos once the school had changed names.

1930's Felt Pennant

1974 McCormick Distillery Oregon State Beavers Mascot Decanter

This neat hand painted ceramic decanter, featuring OSU’s Beaver about to smash something with a piece of tree he had just chewed off, was produced by the McCormick Distilling Co. in 1974 ad part of a collection of college mascots.  At about 12 inches high, the Beaver’s head comes off and has a cork attached to the bottom of it, which sealed whatever special liquid that came in it at the time!

Based in Missouri, McCormick has the distinction of being the longest continuously operated distillery in the United States. Over the years McCormick has produced a series of decanters which are sought after by collectors. Produced between 1968 and 1987, at least 175 decanters were released in collections, including the college mascot collection  in 1974.  Each school’s design has their mascot in all different unique poses and they can often be found on Ebay or other collectable sites for a relatively affordable price (usually $50-100).

OSU Decanter 1974 (1) OSU Decanter 1974 (2) OSU Decanter 1974 (3) OSU Decanter 1974 (4)

c. 1910’s Hockey Tobacco Felt for Oregon Agricultural College

Back when the tobacco industry was booming in America, the tobacco companies were aggressive in their marketing to most segments of the population.  Targeting the younger population, tobacco companies were the first to widely distribute baseball cards in their cigarette packages, most of which are very valuable today.

The marketing also included small “tobacco felts,” or blankets as they were originally called.  While still referred to as felts today, these look and feel more like silk, but they are actually made of flannel.  Almost all of these felts were issued between 1910-1915 and had themes such as flags, rugs, Native American patterns, college seals, college pennants, college and professional athletes, soldiers, and a few other themes. A few were inserted into packages of cigarettes and small cigars. More often they were wrapped outside a package, secured by a paper band. Most were premiums, exchanged for coupons found in various products.

This “felt” below is a circa 1910’s hockey tobacco felt for Oregon Agricultural College. This felt was likely issued as a premium by Fatima or possibly another of the leading tobacco companies during this time. It features the Oregon Agricultural College seal at center and the border shows crossed vintage hockey sticks and pucks. It measures 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/4 inches.  I’ve always been intrigued by the hockey theme for Oregon State (did they even have an ice rink on the campus back then???), as opposed to the more popular football or baseball played in the NW at the time, but this may have just been a standard border because I have seen a couple other identical college felts for different schools which also have hockey sticks but each school’s unique seal and colors.  These felts are known to be pretty rare (they were fragile 100 years ago!), although I have seen a few of this exact same one for Oregon State come up over the years.

c. 1910