37¢ Green Bay Packers
Celebrate the Century – 1960s
Issue Date: September 17, 1999
City: Green Bay, WI
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
The idea for a Green Bay, Wisconsin, football team began on August 11, 1919, in the editorial room of the Green Bay Press-Gazette newspaper. There, Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun made the preliminary plans for what would become the Green Bay Packers.
Lambeau and Calhoun convinced the Indian Packing Company, Curly’s employer, to give them money to purchase football equipment. This connection to the business is what gave the club the name “Packers.” The team overcame several hardships in its early years, especially lack of money. In 1922, members of the Green Bay community formed the Green Bay Football Corporation, making the Packers a publicly owned team.
Vince Lombardi became head coach and general manager of the Packers in 1959. The team finished with a 7-5 record in his first season, and Lombardi was voted “Coach of the Year.” Lombardi’s forceful personality sparked confidence in his players and reinforced a belief in the team’s power to overcome obstacles. From 1959 to 1968, the Packers racked up 98 victories, 30 losses, and 4 ties, for a .758 winning percentage. The franchise was one of the most successful in the 1960s, winning six divisional championships, five NFL championships, and the first and second Super Bowls.