No, it wasn’t the first. But by God it was the biggest up to that point. There were undoubtedly more “long fragile banners of victory” hung at Toomer’s during the celebration of 17-16 than any that came before it; there were undoubtedly more people there with undoubtedly more to celebrate and who might have celebrated harder than any kindred celebrants before or since. So its certainly possible, and certainly reasonable to think that the sheer volume of the toilet paper and the sheer size of the crowd that day might’ve played some sort of special role in establishing the spectacle not just as a tradition but as a gameday must.
What we know for sure is that it brought out the cameras. And, hallelujah, the one belonging to Cecil Bridges (’74) had some Kodachrome in it. And if there’s anything that can give you a feel of what rolling wires and lines and anything but trees come 2013 or whenever it is might be like, it’s these never before seen COLOR photos—the first we’ve ever seen, the only we know of—of real people* living just like we live: blue blue jeans, green green lights, blonde blondes, brunette brunettes, orange spray paint, taste the rainbow, kiss the dragon.
* And—sixth photo down—hipsters! Who knew the Quadrajets / Immortal Lee County Killers’ Chet Weise was a time traveler!
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BUCK FAMA: Black and white photos of Toomer’s being rolled after Punt, Bama, Punt.
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Believe it or not, they did make color film in the 70’s. lol And if you think hip-hugger pants and “bootcuts” came out of nowhere, well you’re mistaken. We had them first in the 70’s. 🙂 And skinny jeans are just a repeat of the tight legged jeans from the 80’s. That’s why I refuse to wear them….not flattering. Ever heard of “what goes around, comes around” or “what’s old is new again”? 😉
War Eagle Atlanta says
Damnit, why won’t the bank show the temperature? We know the time, how warm was it?
Well, War Eagle Atlanta, since we beat Bama the way we did, obviously hell had frozen over…so it must have been warm and balmy in Auburn. I’m loving the people on the roof of the bank. Great view of Toomer’s!!!
Auburn Elvis says
You know, it wouldn’t be a vintage War Eagle Reader Photo Collection if it didn’t have some girl’s badonkadonk. Well done, Jeremy.
Maybe I’m a product of my generation, but rolling the wires just doesn’t seem the same … War Last 20 Years.
Instead of throwing to I was being carried down 5 rows in Legion field. WDE
Legion field was a battlefield. WDE
Joe Knowles says
Ann, Skinny jeans were around way before the tight jeans of the ’80’s. They had to be customized to fit and were called ‘pegged jeans’ in the 50’s. You had to have help to get them off. We wuz ‘cool’!!
What year was this?
omg, I was there! I was hoarse from screaming at the game. these are great photos.
Believe it or not, that was the first Iron Bowl I ever went too. Amazing.
Miller Time says
In modern day football this win would mean nothing, Bama would just get us in the rematch
Will Collier says
The kid in the last two pictures is me.
(Okay, no it isn’t; I was in north Alabama at my grandmother’s house that day. But I was about that age, and I made you look…)
Van P in Illinois says
Will, I was about to say the same thing. I was about that age in 1972, too. But I’m pretty sure I wasn’t in Auburn (or B’ham) that day. Probably home in Sylacauga.