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History of the Cardinal Bird: The First Birds

The First Birds

The first person known to have donned a Cardinal Bird costume was T. Lee Adams. He wore a cloth costume created by Frances Goldsmith, a Home Economics faculty member, in 1953.

Cardinal Bird in costume, with cheerleaders, 1955

This image dates from 1955, and may document this first costume - or it may be a later iteration. 

Cardinal Bird with cheerleaders, 1955, closeup

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