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Detroit Lions jersey history album

chronology of jersey changes

           blue sleeve stripes added to road uniform (1959 or prior)
           (per Football Uniforms Past and Present graphics)
1961  blue stripes and Leaping Lion added to helmet
           sleeve stripes added to home uniform
          (per Football Uniforms Past and Present graphics)
          (confirmed worn in 1961 per Johnny Olszewski photo)
1968  white center stripe added to helmet
10/18/1970 white outline added around Leaping Lion on helmet
1970  player names added
1972  silver trim added around numbers
1973  silver trim added along sleeve stripes
1979-81  sparkly silver numbers on home blue
1982  switch to white numbers with silver trim for home blue
1983  50 Seasons patch
           royal blue facemask on helmets
1990  appliqued MacGregor "M" logo on sleeve
1991  NFL crest added, below collar point
           JRT memorial patch
1992  NFL crest moved up, onto collar point
1993  60 Seasons patch
1994  switch to Apex; some Wilsons still worn
           names on Apex now Honolulu Blue
           remaining Wilsons still had navy blue names
           NFL 75th Anniversary patch
           numbers sewn on
           throwback uniforms worn in five games
1995  switch to Reebok; Apex also modified and reused
           stripes on pants widened
           Reebok sleeve emblem appliqued on, fwd of numbers
1996  Reebok sleeve logo embroidered in, fwd of numbers
1997  Reebok sleeve logo embroidered on, above numbers
1998  blue pants for road uniforms (one season only)
1999  switch to Puma
           4" TV numbers moved from sleeve to shoulder
2001  switch to Reebok
           throwback unis worn Thanksgiving 11/22/01 v Packers
2002  Ford Field patch worn in inaugural game
           throwback unis worn Thanksgiving 11/28/02 v Pats
           "NFL Equipment" emblem added to point of collar
2003  new uniforms and helmets introduced with black trim
           throwback unis worn Thanksgiving 11/27/03 v Packers
2004  throwback unis worn Thanksgiving 11/25/04 v Colts
2005  black alt unis worn on Thanksgiving 11/24/05 v Falcons
2006  regular home unis on Thanksgiving 11/23/06 v Dolphins
2007  regular home unis on Thanksgiving 11/22/07 v Packers
2008  throwbacks worn 11/09/08 v. Jaguars 
           throwbacks worn Thanksgiving 11/27/08 v Titans
 
 
SLEEVE NUMBERS
home:  none in 1954, unknown in 1955, yes in 1956 per photos
SLEEVE STRIPES
home: none in 1956 or 1957 per photos
             unknown from 1958 through 1960
             yes in 1961 per Oszlewski photo and graphics
 
SLEEVE STRIPES AND NUMBERS
road: both yes in 1957 per photos