By John Turney
Regardless, in all the interim years I have learned that have been many iterations of that mask and they came out in sequence, often about every two years (especially in the 1960s). So, I will try and capture, visually, as many as I've been able to find.
The 1952 JOP Cowcatcher (brown):
Next is the 1961 Butterfly. It has an attachment of screws at the top and screws on the side:
This is not a production 1964 Dungard JOP, they didn't make it sans a nose bar, rather, the nose bar has been sawed out, giving this a JOP look
Then in 1964, there was the Butterfly clip, with screws on top and clips on the side:
1966 brought all clips:
In 1967, in an off year, I understand this is the thin wires version:
In 1968 it was the square jaw versions:
I don't know the year but we were informed by Helmet Hut that this was a prototype that was never produced, but here it is on JJ Jones in 1975. This is the new discovery. Though I'd seen Jones' football card in 1976, it was not clear enough to see this was a rare mask.
In 1978 Steve Pisarkiewicz wore this, it is similar to the one Jones ware, but appears to be a bit more narrow:
In 1970 this was the version:
Riddell did their own version of the JOP in the 1970s:
This is the late-1970s JOP XL:
If anyone can find the good photo used for this next mask, please post it if you can. It's one JOP I don't have a great shot of. Pretty sure it's a Dunguard "Supermask" NJOP with nose bar sawed out or if Dungard made a JOP version ... I think it is a hacksaw job, but want to confirm. This is a Cliff Spohn artist rendering of it.
Here is a shot of that mask, but it is a screengrab from a television version of a game and is not too detailed. It may be a mask with the nosebar sawed out, but again, I am not sure—
This is the red (normal size) double-wire JOP which is the early 1980s The second DW wire on red dots was straight.. Green dots had the bend on the side connection.:
And this is a green dot version, too:
This is the DW JOP with extra bars:
This is an early version of the DW JOP XL:
Also, early 1980s is a thick single wire:
And later, the same mask, only thin wires:
This is the USFL mask version of the JOP on Otis Wilson:
Howie Long with a double wire and a U-bar added:
And the single wire version with U-Bar:
This was pretty common, a reinforced (double top wire) and the double wire below:
Reinforced double wite with built-in U-Bar:
Reinforced double wire with no U-Bar:
Reinforced (top double wire):
The reinforced single wite with mini U-Bar:
Only thing missing is a Kra-Lite, but they didn't make on. Wished someone would have actually sawed the nose bar out like this. But no one did as far as I can tell:
I lost track after that, but this is closest to it now. Others may send me pics to add to the list.