Washington Redskins is an American club of professional football players and is part of the National Football League. The team is a representative of the NFC East Division and was formed in 1932. The club is located in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC.
The franchise began with the Boston Braves team. A year after its inception, it was renamed Boston Redskins – based on its location. Then George Preston Marshall, founder and first owner, moved her to Washington. This happened in 1937.
In 1969, Marshall passed away, and a controlling stake was bought by Edward Bennett Williams, who was the majority owner of the club until 1974. Then part of the shares from him was acquired by Jack Kent Cooke, automatically receiving an equal co-owners status. This was made possible thanks to the fact that he already had a 25 percent share of the Washington Redskins: he received it through a deal with George Preston Marshall during his lifetime – when he suffered a stroke and was unable to conduct business actively.
From 1985 to 1997, Cooke himself led the club and then created his foundation. In 1999, the controlling interest went to Daniel Marc Snyder, who currently heads the franchise.
Interestingly, Redskins is the first NFL team with a personal marching band and sports anthem (Hail to the Redskins song). The first name went to her from the eponymous baseball club Braves. After moving to Washington, she retained the Redskins option, merely changing the location – from Boston to Washington. Now around the name associated with the image of the native Indian, scandals do not cease since the “red-skinned” is considered a politically incorrect, derogatory, and insulting word.
Meaning and History
Although the brand logo has undergone several cardinal changes over almost a 90-year history, visually, it has always remained within the Indian theme. The franchise’s official colors are brown, yellow, white, burgundy, and black. At the same time, not all of them are present in each version of graphic symbolism.
At the beginning of a sports career, the team took the logo from the Boston baseball team. It was used until 1933. It depicts the red head of a representative of America’s indigenous population in a traditional feather headdress. The element is made in the profile, turned to the left. Facial features and details are formed from white lines. All parts have a double edging in the colors of the base palette.
1933 – 1936
The emblem of this period is associated with the renaming of the group to Boston Redskins. She repeats the previous version, but not wholly – some differences can be traced between them. Firstly, another style of drawing is close to realistic. Secondly, the details are a yellow circle covering the central element, small strokes on the face, white background, black hair, and two feathers. Moreover, the head of the Indian is already turned to the right.
1937 – 1951
Moving the franchise to Washington brought her an updated logo. A Native American head profile is circled in yellow. The hair is now dark brown and in the braid – a white garter. The feathers have changed shade – now they are brownish-red. The face and neck of the Indian are tanned, with a light redhead. Strict features, a serious look.
1952 – 1959
In 1952, the team began to use a different symbolism – with the most realistic image of representing the authentic American population. Designers removed the yellow circle, leaving a free white space. The hair was made jet black, her skin brown, and two feathers yellow and red.
1960 – 1964
The logo of these years directly echoes the debut version in red and white. In 1960, the club again returned the head of an Indian’s sketchy silhouette and turned to the right. There are no exact outlines in it – only the general lines form the face, neck, two feathers, and hair tied into a bun. The background used is a red substrate. There is also a white border.
1965 – 1969
During these years, the franchise attempted to significantly alter the logo, leaving only feathers from the usual image. Everything else has been removed. The result is a concise graphic sign with a sharp spear on which two feathers hang. The color scheme is also changed: it is actively used yellow in combination with white.
1970 – 1971
Vince Lombardi, a Washington Redskins coach, insisted on a radically new logo. The logo of that period shows the capital “R,” reflecting the team’s name. The sign is placed on a white background in the center of the circle. The letter itself, like the edging of the graphic symbol, is painted in dark red. On the right side are two white feathers with yellow tips – a reference to the Native American theme.
1972 – 1981
In 1972, the club decided to return the logo of 1933-1936 and replaced “R” with a representative of the indigenous population. A yellow ring appeared on the logo again, inside of which is the head of an Indian looking to the right. He has dark brown skin with a red tint and charcoal-black hair with white feathers. Two side feathers on the edging line remained unchanged.
This version is the result of a marketing requirement. The developers “pressed” the side feathers to the ring because they did not fit into the round stickers for helmets. Also, the designers turned the Indian in the opposite direction – to the left.
1983 – present
In 1983, the sticker manufacturer began to use more flexible material, so the feathers were returned to their hanging look. The current version is a simplified repetition of the 1972 logo with minimal amendments. Among them: dark gray shadows instead of black on the nose, in the corner of the mouth and on the cheekbones, thickened lines on the face, even shadows under the chin and neck. It also changed skin color for a couple of tones. This version is under development approved by the former head of the National Congress of American Indians, Walter “Blackie” Wetzel.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The Washington Redskins Football Club logos live up to its name. They depict either representative of America’s indigenous population or the attributes of their culture, such as spears and feathers. The modern version resembles a portrait of an Indian turned in profile. It was developed back in 1972, and in 1983 the designers only slightly changed the colors. This emblem was endorsed by Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, ex-head of the National Congress of American Indians.
The composition of the logo is simple. The center is the head of a dark-skinned man with a distinctive hairstyle and two white and black feathers. This element is inside a white circle surrounded by a yellow ring and decorated with two more feathers – the same, but only with yellow edges.
The logo creators did not use the standard typeface or the Washington Redskins proprietary font because the team’s logo does not contain any lettering. All it has is the head of a brown-faced Indian with black hair. The dark palette is complemented by light shades: yellow and white. They create the necessary contrast so that the main character with the characteristic skin color is immediately visible.