History

1931 Basketball Ad


1928 Rawlings Basketball Ad


1930 Uniform Ad


1933 Wilson Ad


Porter ad 1940


 1941 Wilson Basketball Ad

In the late 1930's, the lace basketball was being replaced by the the more uniform basketball as we play with today.  It should be noted that universities and colleges were reluctant to use the new basketball.  H.V. Porter, creator of "March Madness" and Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association in the 1930's and 1940's, did more than anyone else to promote the use of the new ball nation wide. This ad is from July, 1941.


1940 Basketball Aids
 
This promotional ad is from 1940 and the teams pictured using new basketball health products were, Granite City (1940 state champions), Morris, Aledo and Champaign High Schools.
 

1941 How to clean basketball uniforms
 
This basketball ad is from 1941 and suggests how uniforms should be cleaned before being put into storage.