Varsity Jacket History
Varsity jackets, also known as letterman jackets or letter jackets, have a rich history dating back to the early 20th century in the United States. Here's a brief overview of the history of varsity jackets:
Early Origins (Late 19th Century):
- The origins of varsity jackets can be traced back to the late 19th century when baseball teams at Harvard University began wearing what would later become known as letterman sweaters. These sweaters featured a large letter "H" on the front to represent the school.
Birth of the Letterman Jacket (Early 20th Century):
- In the early 20th century, the design evolved from sweaters to jackets. The letterman jacket, as we know it today, began to take shape. These jackets typically featured a school or team emblem, often in the form of a chenille letter, on the chest.
Popularity in High Schools and Colleges (1920s-1940s):