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Army-Navy Game flyer, 1991.

Multicolor printed paper flyer promoting travel via Amtrak to the 1991 Army-Navy football game at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.

Army-Navy Game flyer, 1991.

One of the longest running and most famous college football rivalries is between the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy. The first game was played in 1890 at West Point, but by 1899 the popular game had moved to Philadelphia, easily accessible from West Point and Annapolis. Two years later, more than 30,000 spectators gathered at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field to watch the teams square off.

Over the years, the Army-Navy Game has largely stayed in the City of Brotherly Love, moving in 1936 to the larger Municipal Stadium at the southern end of Broad Street. The increasingly popular annual event attracted crowds from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, so much so that the Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio railroads began running special trains to the stadium.

Amtrak continued this tradition after taking over the nation's intercity passenger rail services in 1971. This flyer advertises a special direct train that carried passengers from points between Washington and Wilmington directly to Veterans Stadium (adjacent to the older Municipal Stadium) for the 1991 Army-Navy Game.

From the Ann Owens Collection.