Yesterday I wrote about a handful of new AFL items that I recently added to my memorabilia collections. One of the pieces that I mentioned was a small 3.5″ x 3.5″ photograph of Chargers defensive back and kicker, George Blair. I was pleased to acquire this particular photo to my archives since I already had a number of similar prints, all of which appear to have been taken during the same photo shoot at the Chargers Escondido training camp in the summer of 1964.
These photographs help illustrate the simplicity that was the AFL. Look in the background of any image, and you will not find legions of fans, dressed in jerseys and team caps. Instead there is just a large grass field, simple white fence, and occasional teammate that happened to unknowingly walk into the shot. Even more impressive is that these are rare color images, and show the famed Chargers powder blue jerseys in all of their glory.
I am happy to add George Blair’s photo to an archival binder, slotted in with his teammates, just as it belongs.