Back when football players had mannish names like Jim “Blood” McNally, Otto Graham, and the still-ticking Eddie “Ironballs” Budzinski.
From the look of these vintage helmets, I’m guessing face-masking wasn’t in the rule book yet.
Fashion side note: I believe the bottom orange helmet was made by Hermes. You can tell by the reverse stitching and refined craftsmanship.
Credit: Antique Athlete