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Monthly Archives: September 2013
I found this vintage patch for the Little Ascutney Snowmobile Club at a flea market a few months ago. The patch is large (6”), features a flocked fisher cat mascot and shows wear of riding many miles stitched to a snowmobile suit – it’s fantastic!
Like the VAST trails snowmobilers travel in winter, the fifty-mile course of the VT50 is made possible only with generous access to private land. Thank you, landowners!
In a Bogner jacket at the Firstbahn station in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
Barbara-Maria “Barbi” Henneberger was a ski racer from West Germany and based on any photo I have ever seen, a true alpine style icon. Highlights of her racing career include a bronze medal in slalom at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics; four medals at the 1962 World Winter University Games; and two wins and a second place at the 1963 U.S. Alpine Championships. Tragically, she was killed in April 1964 by an avalanche while filming a ski movie in Switzerland for her fiancé, Willy Bogner, Jr. While treasure hunting in Germany, I uncovered these gorgeous vintage photos of Barbi showing her at her most vital and beautiful.
Somewhere in the west coast enjoying lunch with Arden milk. Check the travel posters on the building – excited to recognize the Austria image by Paul Aigner as found at Brimfield!
A busted mountain bike and the ensuing trip to a different bike shop resulted in an impromptu hike around Sweetheart Mountain in the Collinsville village of Canton, Connecticut. The Canton Ski Club operated this ski area from 1948 to 1974/75. Two rope tows and lights serviced the 400’ vertical – including some surprisingly steep terrain. The little ski area claimed as many as 600 members, a dozen ski patrollers and a record 50 operating days in a single season.
The Canton Land Conservation Trust now owns the property and maintains hiking trails open to the public. Because so many rusty remnants of this former ski area are still hiding out in the woods – this short hike was a fun and nostalgic exploration.
I just can’t get enough of these vintage Native American gloves seen recently at antique fairs. I have never felt anything like the buttery softness of the leather and fur and delight in the pretty beadwork. The combination of artistry and utility produced a remarkable result.
Malcolm Milne of Australia going for it in a striped Mossant Sport of France jacket.
2/27/1974 AP Press Photo: ABETONE, ITALY – Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany flashes through the gates Wednesday to win the World Cup Special Slalom race at Abetone, Italy. Click to watch Rosi win two golds (DH, SL) and a silver (GS) at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics; watch to the end to see more fantastic sweaters!
Illustration by Reinhart Wettach.
Vintage alpine art and graphics from the recent Brimfield Antique Show.
I hit a small local antique fair over the weekend and managed to score a few solid finds. It is a very big treasure hunting week with the final Brimfield show of 2013 starting today.
Gorgeous Native American leather gloves with beadwork. Too pricey to buy but a happy reminder that in just a few months I will be skiing in my Astis mitts!
Real photo postcard of the Smuggler’s Notch T-Bar at Stowe, Vermont. I have been looking for this specific image to add to my Richardson collection! Photo by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.
Apparently, I needed a little break from blogging and spent the extra time the past couple weeks riding my bike. So this post is a week late but I still wanted to share a few photos from the excellent Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée.
The D2R2 is a fundraiser for the Franklin Land Trust of western Massachusetts and has become known as a favorite New England cycling event. My husband and I rode the 115k loop and were not disappointed – a spectacular rural route running from Deerfield into southern Vermont with gorgeous vistas, wicked climbs, amazing event staff and the best weather imaginable.
So many fantastic vintage cycling jerseys! I was more focused on riding than collecting photos but was fully engaged by the variety of kits — from the newest Rapha to classic Ibex wool to retro jerseys dusted off for this event.
With four segments, tons of turns and landmarks – our simple DIY cue sheet holders worked like a charm. Thank you Shredly – my MTB shorts and YOGACHAM liners were super comfortable for the entire 72 miles – a much longer test than a typical mountain bike ride!
You Got This! Great encouragement to have rolling with you – very needed for the Pennel Hill and Patten Road climbs! Check out the colorful style of Boston-made Geekhouse CX bikes.
Team Awesome says: Ride Bikes. Have Fun. Stay Awesome. D2R2 was awesome!