60 Years Of Shocking Redskins Headlines

A sampling of violent wordplay.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark for the Washington Redskins Wednesday on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The term’s origin is debated, but it became commonly used to describe the bloody scalps of Native Americans, which were sold for profit.

The football team, which was originally based in Boston and called the Braves, reportedly changed its name to Redskins in 1933 avoid confusion with the baseball team of the same name.

Over the next few decades, sports journalists seemed to delight in using scalping imagery in their stories. Here are some examples:

1. New York Times, 1940:

2. New York Times, 1943:

3. New York Times, 1943:

4. New York Times, 1944:

5. New York Times, 1949:

6. New York Times, 1955:

7. New York Times, 1960:

8. Nashua Telegraph, 1961:

9. Fairfield, South Carolina Sunday News, 1962:

10. New York Times, 1962:

11. New York Times, 1967:

12. Lakeland Ledger, 1979:

13. The Pittsburgh Press, 1979:

14. The Hour (via Associated Press), 1983:

15. Newburgh-Beacon Evening News (via Associated Press), 1984:

16. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (via Associated Press), 1984:

17. Chicago Sun-Times, 1987:

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18. Chicago Sun-Times, 1987:

Chicago Sun-Times / Via highbeam.com

19. Chicago Sun-Times, 1987:

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20. The Washington Post, 1988:

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21. The Free Lance-Post (Virginia), 1992:

22. Lewiston, Maine Sun Journal (via Associated Press), 1995:

23. The Birmingham Post (UK), 1999:

The Birmingham Post / Via highbeam.com

24. The Mirror (UK), 2000:

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