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    1905 Carlisle Indian School Enormous Football Banner. It was in March 1905 that the great Indian chief Geronimo visited Carlisle en route to Teddy Roosevelt's inauguration parade in Washington, D.C. And there, before a crowd of Lakota, Blackfoot, Comanche and Ute, he announced, "Listen well to what I say. You are all just the same as my children to me, just the same as if my children are going to school when I look at you all here. You are here to study, to learn the ways of white men. Do it well." And so they did. In an era of great universities fielding great football squads, Carlisle was the big surprise, standing toe to toe with schools dozens of times their size. Though legendary coach Pop Warner had taken a three-year hiatus to coach at Cornell and would not return until 1907 -- the same year as the arrival of a young athlete named Jim Thorpe--the 1905 team remained a strong contender, and comprised much of the same force that would shock the world by toppling perennial National Champs Harvard in two years' time. What the team lacked in physical stature, they made up for with speed, agility and drive, surely the most exciting team in early football history. Offered here is an amazing opportunity to own a piece of great magnitude, both in terms of historical importance and square footage. Spanning a full sixteen feet in length in unmistakable Carlisle colors of maroon and gold, this banner caught the winds above the Pennsylvania gridiron where the Native American athletes challenged racial prejudices of physical superiority. Eighteen-inch tall digits announce, " '05," celebrating a team that prowled the turf a full century ago. Condition is spectacular for a piece celebrating its centennial, with no tears or stains of any note. Even the original rope used to tie the banner to the flagpole is present and accounted for. The banner derives from a Pennsylvania estate and comes to Heritage through an impeccable source.

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    14th Saturday
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