In the 60’s Chicago was known for their meat packing plants. So the original team was called the “Packers.” The logo is very elementary looking with the bulls head on a basketball.
The Packers original logo in 1962, a black outline of a bull’s head on a brown basketball.
Chicago is known as the windy city and the natural new nickname of the Packers was Zephyr. A very simple wordmark with streaking lines to give the logo a feel of wind. The Zephyr only lasted one year before moving on to Baltimore.
The new team called Zephyrs would feature a wordmark “Zephyrs” in gold with a white and black outline aligned across diagonally. The letters are streaking to symbolize wind.
In 1946, the Baltimore franchise was nicknamed Bullets after a nearby ammunition foundry. Though the team disbanded, the Chicago Packers — who later became the Chicago Zephyrs — relocated to Baltimore, and in 1963, the Bullets nickname returned. The original logo was simple but effective, with a basketball in the background and a bullet shooting by. In 1970 the hands logo was created that lasted through three name changes – Baltimore, Capital and finally Washington.
The original Bullets’ logo that morphed and changed over the years from 1970 to 1997. “Bullets” wordmark in blue with the letters “L” forming two hands grabbing for a red basketball. A wordmark ‘BALTIMORE” in blue on the top and to the right of the main wordmark.
Wordmark “Bullets” in red on a white with blue outline basketball. A blue bullet flying just below the main wordmark followed by a red streak starting at the letter “B.” A wordmark “BALTIMORE” on top in blue.
The Capital Bullets lasted only one year, their logo was a carry over from the Baltimore Bullets. The only and final logo simply removed the city name “Baltimore” and changed to “Capital.”
The Capital Bullets use the same logo from 1970’s Baltimore Bullets logo. A wordmark “Bullets” in blue with the letters “L” forming two hands grabbing for a red basketball. A wordmark ‘CAPITAL” in blue on top and to the right of the main wordmark.
The Washington Bullets had two logos over 22 years with the same design. The final logo has some design changes to the font, red basketball and the letter “ll” as hands. The hands logo is used as a alternate logo by the Wizards.
The Bullets made some dramatic changes to their logo. They changed the font, changed to a lighter blue, capitalized the letter “B” and changed back to a red with white outline basketball.
The Washington Bullets went with the same logo from Capital Bullets’ 1974 logo with some slight and minor changes. The wordmark “Bullets” in blue with the letters “L” forming two hands grabbing for a blue basketball. A wordmark ‘WASHINGTON” in blue above and to the right of the main wordmark.