These days, the Heisman Trophy weekend is quite the production. Between live television and the hundreds of guests who show up to take part, it’s a huge undertaking that requires months of planning.
This wasn’t nearly the case in 1935, the year of the first award. A scan of our archives revealed the following, simple accounting of that event, typed out on a single sheet of paper:
Frank Eliscu, sculptor (including sales tax) – $153.00
Silver Plate – John G. Klein & Co. – $24.99
Pictures for publicity purposes – Metropolitan – $40.29
Expenses Jay Berwanger – $100.00
Expenses Clark Shaughnessy – $78.48
Ballots, packing, postage, taxi, tips, etc. (Prince-Wark Company) – $28.50
Charges incurred by Messrs Berwanger, Cowan and Shaughnessy – $18.67
Total – $443.93
Express charges have not been paid as yet. This will be approximately $7.00
The total of nearly $444 is around $8,200 in today’s dollars.