LSU Colors | TigerDroppings.com

Posted byMessage
Bayoufightingtiger
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2011
1361 posts

LSU Colors


I am sure this has been discussed before, but when did LSU use yellow instaed of gold and why? I don't think of our colors resembling anything of a gold color.






Back to top
Share:
RummelTiger
TCU Fan
National Corndog Day: 03/01/2015
Member since Aug 2004
67672 posts
 Online 

re: LSU Colors


I have no idea when they started doing it, but I would imagine that it had to do with yellow looking better than gold on merchandise.





Back to top
Elleshoe
Southeastern LA Fan
Founder of the Boxtard Nation
Member since Jun 2004
121663 posts

re: LSU Colors


quote:

but I would imagine that it had to do with yellow looking better than gold on merchandise.



Saints merchandise sells just fine






Back to top
Bayoufightingtiger
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2011
1361 posts

re: LSU Colors


I do prefer yellow over gold and I am glad we got away from it, but that Nike pro combat uniform last year looked real good with the gold in it.





Back to top
LSUSkip
LSU Fan
Walker,LA
Member since Jul 2012
1751 posts
 Online 

re: LSU Colors


is it just me or is the yellow alot lighter on the football uniforms than it was 15 years ago?





Back to top
Hurricane Mike
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2008
5168 posts

re: LSU Colors


The Nike pro combat's had too much white





Back to top
  Replies (0)
RummelTiger
TCU Fan
National Corndog Day: 03/01/2015
Member since Aug 2004
67672 posts
 Online 

re: LSU Colors


quote:

Saints merchandise sells just fine



And Hyundai still sells cars...

Not saying that you can't sell merchandise with gold - just saying that yellow looks better.

So, if you're LSU back in the day, maybe you make the switch to see if you can sell more merchandise?

It could also have been due to the advent of being shown on TV more and figuring the the yellow looks better than the gold on TV?

Or, they just wanted to fricking change colors...

Which, to me, is ludicrous that they refer to the word "Gold" in their marketing, yet "Gold" is in yellow.







Back to top
athletemed
LSU Fan
The Woodlands, Texas
Member since Oct 2007
5471 posts

re: LSU Colors


TV





Back to top
  Replies (0)
Fat Bastard
New Orleans Saints Fan
Paradise
Member since Mar 2009
15642 posts

re: LSU Colors


gold is not just gold. there is bright gold(our current golden rod color to be exact which some refer to as canary yellow), dull gold(old gold) and metallic gold(see saints).





Back to top
cajunjj
LSU Fan
Madison, AL
Member since May 2008
7013 posts

re: LSU Colors


When I went to LSU in the 50"s we were Purple & Gold. Don't know why they changed. I liked the old better.





Back to top
  Replies (0)
RummelTiger
TCU Fan
National Corndog Day: 03/01/2015
Member since Aug 2004
67672 posts
 Online 

re: LSU Colors


quote:

gold is not just gold. there is bright gold(our current golden rod color to be exact which some refer to as canary yellow), dull gold(old gold) and metallic gold(see saints).



Golden Rod is not the current color. Close, but not exact.


LINK

PMS 123
Web #FDD023
C0 M24 Y94 K0
R253 G208 B35


LINK )

Goldenrod Color coordinates
Hex triplet #DAA520
sRGBB (r, g, b) (218, 165, 32)
CMYKH (c, m, y, k) (0, 24, 85, 15)






Back to top
  Replies (0)
TexasTiger89
LSU Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Feb 2005
9486 posts

re: LSU Colors


Trying not to look like Washington







Back to top
  Replies (0)
ULL Cool J
LA-Lafayette Fan
Member since Jun 2008
475 posts
 Online 

re: LSU Colors


LSU's gold is not canary yellow, which is lighter. It's more school bus yellow or Yellow Cab yellow.





Back to top
  Replies (0)
rileytiger
LSU Fan
In Hamster Cage Running on Wheel
Member since Feb 2007
1822 posts

re: LSU Colors


I used to know this but I think they changed back in the early 70's when they introduced the helmets they currently wear now. The yellow has gotten lighter over the years.





Back to top
  Replies (0)
Thunder Tiger
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2011
2608 posts

re: LSU Colors


quote:

is it just me or is the yellow alot lighter on the football uniforms than it was 15 years ago?

I believe it is lighter now than it used to be. I have a compilation pic showing several smaller pics from the win over Bama in '82, and the yellow is darker, almost a mustard yellow.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
wesman21
LSU Fan
Lafayette
Member since Jun 2009
571 posts

re: LSU Colors


Colors: Purple and Gold

There is some discrepancy in the origin of Royal Purple and Old Gold as LSU's official colors.

It is believed that those colors were worn for the first time by an LSU team in the spring of 1893 when the LSU baseball squad beat Tulane in the first intercollegiate contest played in any sport by Louisiana State University. Team captain E.B. Young reportedly hand-picked those colors for the LSU squad.

Later that year, the first football game was played. On November 25, 1893, football coach/chemistry professor Dr. Charles Coates and some of his players went into town to purchase ribbon to adorn their gray jerseys as they prepared to play the first LSU gridiron game.

Stores were stocking ribbons in the colors of Mardi Gras -- purple, gold and green. -- for the coming Carnival season. However, none of the green had yet arrived at Reymond's Store at the corner of Third and Main streets. Coates and quarterback Ruffin Pleasant bought up all of the purple and gold stock and made it into rosettes and badges.

LINK

I've heard that the original ribbon colors were more yellow than gold. We all know that Mardi Gras gear comes in both the old "real" gold and the yellow gold. I'm thinking those first ribbons were more yellow than gold, so we stuck with them and that is where we are today.

I've also seen posts concerning the changing of the yellow's hue through the years, so it is definitely debatable.







Back to top
  Replies (0)
rbdallas
LSU Fan
The BGO Store
Member since Nov 2007
5619 posts

re: LSU Colors


This is what I follow in my business if I am doing any LSU items for a licensed entity

LINK

What people have posted regarding Mardi Gras is correct,;however, PMS color codes (exact shades/tones) did not exist at that time.

It was not until the late 50's- early 60's...
story..
Pantone began as a commercial printing company in the 1950s. In 1956, they hired recent Hofstra University graduate Lawrence Herbert as a part-time employee. Herbert used his chemistry knowledge to systematize and simplify the company's stock of pigments and production of colored inks; by 1962, Herbert was running the ink and printing division at a profit, while the commercial-display division was $50,000 in debt; he subsequently purchased the company's technological assets from his employers and renamed them "Pantone".



This post was edited on 8/22 at 10:41 am


Back to top
  Replies (0)
GeauxColonels
Nicholls St. Fan
Tottenham Hotspur Fan
Member since Oct 2009
16029 posts

re: LSU Colors


quote:

when did LSU use yellow instaed of gold and why

According to HELMET HUT, LSU made the switch from "old gold" to "athletic gold" in 1956. My guess would be that maybe they wanted to differentiate themselves from other schools using "old gold" helmets like Navy, Army & Notre Dame. The "athletic gold" was a much more unique color in college FB among the big schools compared with the "old gold."

Here's an excerpt from Helmet Hut's website:

quote:

Dietzel entered his second season by introducing a new helmet design, putting his stamp on the Bengal program. The helmet was changed to a Green Bay gold...


It's highly plausible that Dietzel, or any other coach for that matter, would want to put a lasting mark on a program.



This post was edited on 8/22 at 11:19 am


Back to top
rbdallas
LSU Fan
The BGO Store
Member since Nov 2007
5619 posts

re: LSU Colors


Before 56 and the birth of PMS colors each person's interpretation of what PURPLE and/or GOLD was different.

It was not as much a change IMO, as the process of trying to standardize the look of the school colors... such may have resulted in change from the previously used colors.






Back to top
  Replies (0)


Back to top