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Artefact: Football Helmet
Accession #: 2007.03.01
Year: 1950s


Football helmets began to be used in the 1920s and were made of hardened leather that covered the top of the head and the ears. They had no facial protection or straps to fasten them to the players head. It was not until the 1950s that helmets began to resemble there modern incarnations consisting of hardened plastic, face masks and chin straps. The first plastic helmets had minimal inner protection and face masks of only a single bar across the lower portion of the helmet.

 This helmet was worn by Honoured Member Elmer ‘Rollie’ Miles of the Edmonton Eskimos during the 1950s. Miles is a member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame and is a 3 time Grey Cup champion. He played multiple positions including running back, linebacker, defensive back and special teams.