Vintage Virginia Tech Memorabilia

It’s been a while since I shared a Vintage Monday post.  Today’s Vintage Monday is about Vintage Virginia Tech Memorabilia.

 

I am a Hokie, as was my dad, aunt and uncle.  I’m not a die-hard sports fan like my dad was, or my aunt and uncle still are, but I can’t help but cheer for my Hokies, even if I’m not particularly interested in watching a game.

Since my dad was a huge Hokie fan, he had some Virginia Tech memorabilia that my mom passed along to me after he died.

Football season is almost here and I thought it would be fun to make a Vintage Virginia Tech display in my family room using my dad’s vintage Hokie memorabilia.

Virginia Tech Memorabilia - Hokies will appreciate this collection of Virginia Tech Memorabilia including game programs, license plates, and much more! virginiasweetpea.com

 

When we added an addition to our home to create a larger kitchen, we gained a family room in the process.  The HVAC ducts had to be hidden and our contractor’s solution was to create a corner shelf.  I didn’t mind this at all, in fact I like that it gives me a display area.

Virginia Tech Memorabilia Display - virginiasweetpea.com

Vintage Virginia Tech Memorabilia

On the shelf I’ve displayed a football puzzle that belonged to my dad that dates to the early 1940’s.  Beside it is a VT pendant that I made to use on a Vintage Inspired Football Themed Mantel that I did a few years ago.  The “coins” are printed with Virginia Tech’s foot ball schedules for 1973 and 1974.  The mug used to hold pens and pencils on my dad’s desk.

Vintage Virginia Tech Memorabilia and a Vintage Football Puzzle from the 1940's - virginiasweetpea.com

Football Schedules

I don’t know what the Virginia Tech Student Aid Association was, but perhaps my dad donated to it and received these football schedule “coins” in exchange for his donation.

1974 Virginia Tech Student Association Coin advertising the VT Football Schedule - virginiasweetpea.com

 

This is the 1973 football schedule.

1973 Virginia Tech Student Association Coin advertising the VT Football Schedule - virginiasweetpea.com

 

And here we have the 1974 football schedule.

1974 Virginia Tech Student Association Coin advertising the VT Football Schedule - virginiasweetpea.com

 

License Plate

My dad graduated from Virginia Tech, called VPI back then, in 1962, so this license plate could have been his or it could have been my grandfather’s.  I don’t know if he had a car when he was in college.

1959 Virginia License Plate with VPI on the Side

 

Cross Stitch

My grandmother made this cross stitch for my dad back in the 1980’s when cross stitch was popular.  It ended up in my classroom and I found it stuffed in a drawer when I cleaned out my room a few weeks ago.  (After 26 years in the classroom, I decided to stop teaching to focus on my health.)

Granny’s cross stitch makes a great addition to my Virginia Tech corner.

Virginia Tech Hokies Football Cross Stitch from the 1980's - virginiasweetpea.com

 

My house is dark and honestly very difficult to photograph.  The glass on the frames cast a glare no matter what time of day I tried to take pictures.

Virginia Tech Memorabilia - Hokies will appreciate this collection of Virginia Tech Memorabilia including game programs, license plates, and much more! virginiasweetpea.com

 

VPI “Tech Triumph” Sheet Music

This Tech Triumph sheet is most likely from the 1920’s. The song was first performed on Saturday, November 1, 1919, before the football game between VPI and Washington and Lee, so 1920’s would be a good guess for when a cousin of my grandmother acquired this music to play for her family on the piano.

Tech Triumph VPI Sheet Music - This song was first performed November 1, 1919 before the VPI vs Washington and Lee game. virginiasweetpea.com

 

VPI vs VMI Football Program

I don’t remember if my grandmother, aunt, or mother passed this VPI vs VMI football program along to me, but I do remember thinking that it would look great framed and I think I was right.

VPI vs VMI Football Program from November 24, 1960 - virginiasweetpea.com

 

Corp of Cadets

My dad was in the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets and my mom gave me these things.  I knew I wouldn’t enjoy them if they weren’t framed.

Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets Memorabilia from the late 1950's to early 1960's - virginiasweetpea.com

 

Granny’s Travel Case

My grandmother loved sports and played basketball for her school, William Byrd High School.  This travel case is what she used to carry her uniform to games.  Isn’t it cute how she decorated it with stickers from colleges.  I’m including it since it has a cool VPI sticker.

Vintage Travel Case with College Pendant Stickers from the 1930's - virginiasweetpea.com

 

This is the back side of the travel case.

Vintage Travel Case with College Pendant Stickers from the 1930's - virginiasweetpea.com

 

Here you can see the vintage stickers on the side of the travel case.Vintage Travel Case with College Pendant Stickers from the 1930's - virginiasweetpea.com

 

This is the other side.  The sticker that is torn says, “Vinton”.  The rest of the sticker is in the travel case.

Vintage Travel Case with College Pendant Stickers from the 1930's - virginiasweetpea.com

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Vintage Monday post featuring Vintage Virginia Tech Memorabilia.  If you use Pinterest, I would love it if you would pin this post for others to discover.

Vintage Virginia Tech Memorabilia - Game schedules, game programs, sheet music and more! See it all at virginiasweetpea.com.

 

One More Thing!

If you enjoyed this post then you may be interested in the Vintage Football Mantel that I created a few years ago.  The game was my dad’s and the football helmet and football player were my grandfather’s.

Vintage Football Themed Mantel - This fall mantel is styled with vintage football items mixed with modern crafts. See it all at virginiasweetpea.com

I’ll be back on Wednesday to share how I cleaned the Virginia Tech cross stitch that I shared today.  The years had not been kind to it and it was in dire need of cleaning.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was!

Comments

  1. My uncle, cousin, brother are VPI engineer graduates. Th vintage travel case is wonderful

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Gail! I love the way my grandmother decorated her travel case. I use it for decor in a guest bedroom along with some old hat boxes that she gave me. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  2. My husband and his father, brother, uncle etc are Hokies. Enjoyed your post. We too have that cross stitch as well as a cross stitch duck pond. Maybe it’s time to gather it all up for a display. Thanks

    • Sweet Pea says:

      I’ll bet the Duck Pond cross stitch is spectacular! And it’s neat that you have the same football cross stitch. Your Hokie family might appreciate a Hokie display in your home.

  3. grammy goodwill says:

    You know this Hokie fan loves everything about this post. I actually have those coins. The Student Aid Association came before the Hokie Club, I believe. That program was the annual game against Tech and VMI on Thanksgiving weekend that was played at Victory Stadium in Roanoke. I was 7 that year and it’s possible that I was there. I know my parents took us to several of those games. My uncle went to Tech in the late 50’s. I have his Corps insignia and displayed it for years. Since we moved to our patio home, I packed up most of my Hokie souvenirs.
    Your grandmother’s case is quite a treasure.
    Now, I’m ready for football. Go HOKIES!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      It is so cool that you probably were at the Tech/VMI game for which I have the program. I didn’t realize that they ever played in Victory Stadium. I’m still sad that Victory Stadium is gone.) You uncle and my dad could have known each other. My dad graduated in 1962. You won’t have to wait much longer for some Hokie football!

  4. That travel case is wonderful! I love your Hokie corner 😉 Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  5. John Phillips says:

    I love the old VPI gobblers stuff!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Your collection is AWESOME!!!
    See my collection at http://www.eyeofthegobbler.com
    I also have the Tech Triumph sheet music!!! Love it!!

    • Thank you so much for commenting so that I could discover your awesome website! I forwarded it to my aunt who is a huge VT fan.

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