After reading about all of the response to MSU's proposed and rejected new Spartan logo, I was curious when the block M became an official logo of the school?
I read Sparty started the 'chickenhead' back in the 70s.
Block M existed before time and I don't like where you're going with this.
The block M and the space polar bear actually collided once in an event called "the big bang".
I was created approximately 9 months before my birthday in August of 1988. I try not to think about that too much (at all) though.
that I wish we could give more than one point. Very funny.
Funny, I had always pictured BlockM as about 65.
Looks a lot like the UW logo:
The better question is what day? And the answer is 1...I think the quote is "Let there be Michigan, the Block M, and all else that is good. Oh, and light." Something like that, I'm no scholar...
Because without light, there is no dark. And without Michigan, there can be no State...
Block M's are on the unis for the 1901 team.
Great Point- and going off of your thought process, the 1895 team as well:
1891 team has them as well
1879 has none, but the ball they're holding (apparently a football) has one that's close
The 1890 baseball team has the block M, but earlier years they had a not-block M as their logo.
I wonder if we are narrowed in pretty closely?
I think the ball the poster below referenced is too generic to claim as the block M.
Now THIS qualifies as "tradition."
If you ever get a chance to read Don Canham's autobiography ~From the Inside~, you get a tremendous amount of insight into how Canham turned Michigan's athletic program into a money machine. One of the things he looked at was merchandising and licensing. He said that we they applied for a number of trademarks in the late 1970s, they were shocked to learn that they were able to get the Block M trademarked without a fight. So, as a trademarked logo, it's history dates back to the 1970s. In it's use, that's a different issue.
The Split M (the Block M with Michigan through the middle), likely dates back to the 1980s.
I believe that one of the first things that Canham did when conjuring up a marketing strategy was create the split M, on a napkin, at his kitchen table - around the time that he was appointed AD (1968).
You are all very funny, but at least the Yost example proves the Block M in principle existed back in 1923...that narrows the timeframe somewhat.
slender M that is in the center of the Diag and on Yost.
I saw the early architects' detail plans for the football stadium additions, and they featured that more-slender "M"; in fact, it was surprising to me how prominent it was. It is going to be interesting if it goes ahead per the plans. It is kind of elegant on something like architecural details. I don't think it is an accident, and some architect might know more about it.
Wisconsin has a whole hodgepodge of "W's." They call the slender one "the crest," or "the academic W." The one that Alavarez stole/purchased/copied and put on their football helmets is "the motion W." They have had a bunch of other funky logoing on their helmets and the band uniforms over the years:
(Go to BIG TEN link on the left margin, and then scroll down to Wisconsin.)
That site's pretty interesting... look at Oregon's helmets, it takes about 5 paragraphs to describe the helmets from their last 3 seasons.
What's the story on this? I'd like to hear more.