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War Eagle Relics turns back the clock

A couple of weeks ago we featured a lovely, hand-crafted Auburn wall clock.  This week, we have two more unique Tiger timepieces.  Neither is a homemade treasure, but both serve as nice symbols of the catch-a-moment-in-Auburn-time thing we are trying to do here.

Iron Bowl Clock (1988)

“1988 Iron bowl clock/painting. Found this a few years back at an antique store. Doesn’t work anymore, but still pretty awesome.”

– Justin Malone

This work of art may only be right twice a day, but it’s never wrong. It correctly captures the score of the 1988 game (15-10 Auburn, the Tigers third straight win in the series) and it gives the up to date series win total (still 30-22 Bama, but the gap had begun to close a little). It also features dueling cartoon mascots (a personal favorite) and one of my favorite Auburn logos (and yes, my favorite Alabama logo as well. Or least hated, I should say).

Auburn Wall Clock

“Still works. A clock my granddaddy owned.”

– Jake Cosby

This wall clock still works, both mechanically and aesthetically. Difficult to determine the exact year, but that sure bears a striking resemblance to a former No. 7 who slung the ball for the Tigers in the early ‘70s.

Season Ticket Poster (1959)

“Here is a promotional poster for AU season tickets placed in stores downtown by the Athletic Department. This particular one came from the window of the Lipscomb Drugstore and was given to my dad, G.W. Clapp ’62.  It is proudly displayed behind glass now. Note the line that reads, “$21 Covers All Five Games.”  Think we’d schedule Florida for Homecoming anytime soon?  And the 1959 Hardin-Simmons game probably had the most famous program cover in Auburn History.”

– Bart Clapp ’[email protected]

The clocks may have given us the title for this post, but this turns back the clock as well as any relic we’ve seen yet. The facemask-less helmets, the $21 season ticket price, the five “home” games (one in Birmingham), Florida for homecoming, the crew cuts. All reminders of a much simpler time. As for the famous program Mr. Clapp–that Mr. Clapp–is referring to, there is an excerpt about it from “The Aubie Story” a collection of Phil Neel covers and more, with words by David Housel. I picked this up several years ago and it’s great. In fact, I should have bought two as I ended up framing a few of the pages and now have some gaps in my book. The photo of the cover is also taken from the book and is a recreation by Neel himself of his original artwork. If anyone still has an original 1959 H-S program they can send us a picture of, that would be like the Holy Grail of War Eagle Relics.

“Saturday, October 3, 1959, hot, cloudy, with temperatures high in the 90s, was the day the Tiger that would become “Aubie” made his debut on the Auburn football program cover. Aubie began his cover boy career in a 35-12 win over Hardin-Simmons, a small school from Texas.”

Iron Bowl T-Shirt (1997)

“Saw the Iron Bowl relics… I would like to include my 1997 t-shirt from Auburn beating the updykes.  This commemorates my very first Iron Bowl. Oh, and Dameyune Craig is and will always be one of the best in my mind!”

– Dean Flynn 

This shirt has special meaning to me as I was in the student section that night when a loss to the hated Tide looked like a tragic inevitability. Our chance to make the school’s first trip to the SEC Championship Game was slipping away. When Martavius Houston forced an Alabama fumble that was recovered by Auburn in Tide territory, the stadium was euphoric. Jaret Holmes kicked the winning field goal and instantly became a legend on campus. I remember seeing these shirts everywhere. The win sent the Tigers (and me!) to Atlanta for the first time to face Tennessee and kept us undefeated at home against Alabama (until Black Saturday in 2001, at least).

Football Schedule Poster (1997)

– @lulupuppydog

Speaking of Dameyune Craig, the former Auburn great was featured prominently on the ’97 schedule poster, alongside fellow greats Takeo Spikes and Victor Riley. Also featured prominently is the much maligned orange drop-shadow on the jersey numbers. I would never advocate for its return, but I do look back on it fondly, as it was such a distinctive part of the look while I was a student. Also because it’s what Dameyune Craig and Takeo Spikes wore.

AU Basketball Gym Bag (Late 1970’s)

I recognize that Auburn is a football school and that 99% of our sport-centric submissions will be pigskin related, so it’s always nice to see something come in from one of the other sports in orange and blue. This AU hoops bag from the late ‘70s is fantastic and features an eagle logo I’ve never seen anywhere else. Now that I think about it, it might look good on a t-shirt, too.

Thanks again to our great contributors for making another edition possible (for editions previous, click here). We dipped into the well of goods our generous and anonymous donor provided for the gym bag. If you have something you’d like to share, send it to me at [email protected] or tweet me @FearlessandTrue.

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