I believe this to be one of the first MSC pennants made around 1925. I found this unusual crest on a similar pennant in the 1926 Wolverine Yearbook. The present crest was designed by liberal arts student John O. Sunderlin in 1926. Or, it may be a lesser used seal on a later pennant. Still researching . . .
"1857" FELT PATCH
MSC 1857 Crest 1926-1934 MSC 1855 Crest 1934-1955 On May 13, 1925, the East Lansing school officially became Michigan State College. The present crest was designed by liberal arts student John O. Sunderlin in 1926. A contest to replace the nickname "Aggies" was held and the winning name was "Staters". George Alderton of the Lansing State Journal thought the name cumbersome in print and began describing the baseball team as "Spartans" a name that had been submitted from the contest by Perry J. Fremont. No one objected and the name stuck.
Some Michigan State memorabilia can be dated by the school crest. Note the "Established 1857" on this crest. Michigan State has always prided itself as being the pioneer land grant college. Since 1926, the seal had always stated "Established 1857". In 1934, MSC received an inquiry from the University of Maryland asking why MSC was older when Maryland was established in 1856. MSC officials discovered that 1857 was the first year the school offered classes. However, most schools used the year of legal founding. The board quickly changed the seal to read "Established 1855". This was not uncommon to colleges at this time. The University of Michigan also had a 1837 vs 1817 crest debate.
"1857" CREST LUGGAGE DECAL
"1855" CREST LUGGAGE DECAL
Circa 1926 Pair of Bookends - Intertwined MSC with the yearbook Wolverine on top.
1926 Wolverine Yearbook
Late 1920's Luggage Decal
1948 MSC ADMITTED TO THE BIG TEN
Macklin Field Stadium enlargement to 51,000 was critical in joining the Big Ten Conference