Rare Stanford v. California "Big Game" Football Program 1896, game played on Thanksgiving Day in Central Park, San Francisco. Unpaginated, but 52 pages. The program is in good condition overall with some minor staining to the cover as seen in the image. The rear cover (click on the small image above) also has come minor soiling and some foxing to pages in the rear of the program. The program is held together with the original tie string. Someone has written in the score in pencil on the scorecard in the program and indicates a score of Stanford 20 and California 0. 1896 was the sixth meeting of the teams. The program is chocked full of Victoria era advertisements including one for a hatter (click on one of the small images above), as well as pictures of the two teams wearing their distinctive period uniforms. Other advertisements are for the Sunset Limited train from San Francisco to New Orleans, one for a dry goods maunfacturer, bicycle shops, typewriters and other turn of the century businesses. Football was such a novelty that the program includes a page "About the Game" and includes how scores are made. At the time, a touch-down was 4 points, a goal from a field-kick was 5 points, a goal after a touchdown was 2 and a safety was also 2 points. The images of players scrimmaging across the top and bottom of the program cover is embossed and stands out in relief. A historic and collectible program, difficult to find.