Oklahoma State Alumni Center, Stillwater, OK
As a fan(atic) of vintage Oklahoma A&M items, I enjoy sharing my collection with other interested people. It was the idea behind this website and also behind me maintaining a display case inside the OSU Alumni Center on the Campus of OSU. I will rotate the items every now and then and provide some background on them here when possible.
A) Colliers Magazine w/ OAMC Football on cover
B) Aggiettes chenille patch
In 1932, it was determined that the university could support another pep organization, so 5 girls formed the Aggiettes as a female counterpart to the existing Ag-He-Ruf-Nex men's organization. Professor Valerie Colvin of the Physical Education Department was instrumental in sponsoring the new group. For most of the organization's life, a limited number of members were selected from different campus dorms and sororities and were pledges who had to demonstrate their dedication to OAMC before being awarded the Aggiette sweater.
After a 4 year absence during WWII, in 1946 the Aggiettes returned as an active group. They sponsored dances and fundraising events with their male pep counterpart Ruf-Nex. (Similarly, the other two campus pep groups, the Peppers and the Hell Hounds interacted as loosely defined coed "teams".)
The Aggiettes wore sweaters with this patch from 1947 until their final year in 1954. The following year, it was decided to combine the female spirit organizations, thus the Peppers and the Aggiettes became the "Pepperettes".
C) Freshman Football team B&W 8x10 photo
Writing on the back reads "Ball game at the college".
In my research, I have identified this as the Freshman football team from 1912-1913. In those days, Freshman were not allowed to play on the varsity squad, instead playing games against the Sophomores, the Business College, and other intramural matches. They are pictured here standing outside of Morrill Hall (Which burned a few months after this was taken).
Carl Weaver (back row, 3rd from right). Carl lettered as QB and Kicker on the Varsity team the 3 following years, and was one of A&M's first football "stars", of statewide acclaim.
Cecil Hueston (middle row, 2nd from left) excelled in track during his subsequent years at OAMC.
D) Oklahoma A&M round button w/ football charm
E) Okla Aggies paper visor
Likely given out by the YMCA at home football games
F) OAMC seal felt shield banner
Made by Chicago Pennant Company, 40's or 50's.
G) Oklahoma A&M black w/orange letter seal pennant
A) Sunday Sports Newpaper "Aggies Triumph over Sooners 13-7"
This newspaper was saved by John Maulbetsch, OAMC's football coach at the time and is from his estate.
B) Songs of Oklahoma A&M record album
With minor variations, the songs contained within are the same ones played and sung every football Saturday to this day. Records and jacket featuring Oklahoma A&M fight songs and graphics. Has (2) doublesided records inside, with 4 songs: "Varsity Song", "Ride 'Em Cowboys" (of which we now only sing a portion of the chorus), "Alma Mater Hymn" (a different Alma Mater than today), and "O.A.M.C", the tune of which we now refer to as the "Waving Song" after every touchdown.
C) "Ride Em Cowboys" Oklahoma Aggies round button w/ ribbons
Showing how the term "Cowboys" was popular even before it was the official mascot name.
D) OAMC "Sing-a-Song" glass
Part of a set of around 30 that was issued by (and contained) Big Top Peanut Butter. Interesting song lyrics on the back.
E) Orange seal matchbook cover
F) AggOies basketball warmup #29
Basketball warmup of Norman Pilgrim. In 1951, Coach Henry Iba said 5'10" 165lb Pilgrim was "one of the best little men in the game today" (O'Collegian 3/16/51). The Stillwater native was named Honorable Mention All-Missouri Valley in 1950 and 1st team All-Missouri Valley in 1951. "Little Norm" went on to be the head coach of the gold-winning USA basketball team at the 1955 Pan American Games.
A) Okla A&M Aggies Pistol Pete flocked patch
B) Okla A&M Aggies Female Pistol Pete flocked patch
9 inch tall flocked patch. The female Aggie is extremely rare and details of her appearance as a symbol of OAMC are virtually nonexistent.
C) Oklahoma A&M black w/orange letter colored bucking horse pennant
D) Large trunk with OAMC decals
Metal trunk with military stenciling and Oklahoma A&M decals. It was customary to send college-bound kids off to school with a trunk packed with their belongings and decals of their destination. This one was likely a hand-me-down from an enlisted person.
E) Black and Orange panel freshman beanie
Freshman beanie from 1945 student. It was common practice in those days that Freshman had to wear school colored beanies around campus as a form of friendly hazing.
F) Metal OKLA A&MC ashtray
Shaped as an "O"