Evolution of the Kansas Jayhawk Ike phillips

The original Jayhawk design was drawn in 1912, by Henry Maloy. He was a cartoonist for the student newspaper.

In 1920, a more realistic bird perched on the KU letters came into use.

Jimmy O'Bryon and George Hollingbery designed a bird that was more cartoony and a bit duck like in 1923.

In 1929, Forrest O. Calvin designed a more angry looking bird.

Gene "Yogi" Williams expanded on the angry bird idea in 1941, but also opened the eyes and beak.

In 1946, Harold D. Sandy drew the modern day Jayhawk. It was copyrighted in 1947.

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