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Tools, Football Down Indicator, Vintage, mid 20th Century


American: Mid 20th Century
Iron spike and painted tin box
38 inches high, overall; 6 x 4 x 4 inches, box

Down indicator for football games. After each play, the spike would be stuck in the ground at the down line, with the painted tin box rotated so that the number 1, 2, 3, or 4 faced the stands, depending on whether it was the first, second, third, or fourth down. Probably used for varsity team play.

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