Category Archives: Art & Graphics

Ski Art: Vintage Travel Brochures

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Ski Bunny: Playboy, 1958

playboy magazine november 1958 ski bunny chairlift aspen coloradoxplayboy magazine november 1958 ski fashion aspen coloradoAtop Aspen Mountain a merry group of skiers demonstrate, among other things, that wine is a fine accompaniment to the winey air, that relaxing can be as much fun as schussing, that skiing isn’t a lonely sport, and that nothing tops ski garb for colorful variety and originality.

Fun and Fashion on Skis – Article by Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky, photos by Don Bronstein.

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Summer Vacation!

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Nothing big nor far nor out of the ordinary, but I am very happy to be getting out of town for a few days.  In a summer of staying home by choice – a glorified long weekend away with family, friends and the outdoors is feeling welcomed, substantial and exhilarating.  Hopefully, I can make time to post summertime inspiration from the mountains of northern New England. . .

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Le Tour 2014: Climbing Mountains

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Today, the Tour de France will conquer the highest point in the 21-stage race with a summit of Col d’Izoard in the Hautes-Alpes. A perfect opportunity to share this humorous vintage French postcard by Gougeon.

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Summer Cycling: Let’s Go!

vintage holland netherlands bike bicycle travel tourist brochureTo escape from the humdrum daily round, to enjoy the beauties of nature and the open air, to roam far away across the frontiers. . . That is the dream of young and old!  A dream which can come true for everyone, however, even without a well-filled purse and plenty of time to spare.  No matter how short your vacation may be, you can have a wonderful trip by using the finest of all vehicles for tourist travel: the bicycle.

Vintage travel brochure from the Netherlands National Tourist Office.  (Thank you to my husband for treasure hunting this gem!)

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Uplifting: Maidenform, 1955

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I dreamed I climbed the highest mountain in my Maidenform bra.  I could not resist this uplifting vintage 1955 advertisement from Maidenform!

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Powder Ridge: The Festival That Never Was

powder ridge ski area music festival concert 1970 connecticutAmong other things, I am amused to learn that the ski lodge roof was intended to serve as the concert stage!

powder ridge festival connecticut 1970 ski charilift leonard freedA very different use of a Hall double chairlift.  Photo by Leonard Freed.

powder ridge festival connecticut 1970 ski charilift  freedFestival View. Photo by Leonard Freed.

powder ridge festival connecticut 1970 ski area leonard freed Life at Powder Ridge. Photo by Leonard Freed.

powder ridge festival connecticut 1970 ski leonard freed Campsite at the Powder Ridge Rock Festival.  Photo by Leonard Freed.

powder hill ski area middlefield connecticut scofieldPOWDER HILL SKI AREA  Middlefield, Connecticut – Home of Early Bird Skiing. 3 Chair Lifts, 2 T-Bars, Tows, Ski School, Night Skiing, Snow Making, Steak House and Cocktail Lounge. Overnight Lodging. Pre-1970 postcard, photo by Clifford Scofield.

A couple weeks ago at Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, I came across this reproduction concert poster for the ill-fated 1970 music festival at Powder Ridge Ski Area in Middlefield, Connecticut.  I was surprised and delighted with the find and also thought it would make for a varied yet quick blog post.  Well, I was wrong about the quick part – I am totally lost in what was intended to be cursory research of this event.

Growing up just a couple towns away from Powder Ridge, the festival has always been a bit of local lore but I never stopped to find out the specifics.  To me, it was primarily of interest because of the ski area venue.  I am very late to realize, nearly 44 years after the fact, that this disaster of a festival was national news.

The short version – in the wake of Woodstock, the three days of music at Powder Ridge was poised to be the next big festival — a roster of top billed acts helped sell 100,000 $20 tickets — just days before the start of the festival, the concerned residents of tiny Middlefield fought for a court injunction to stop the festival — headlining acts never arrived (save for one, Melanie Safka) but thousands of fans did despite attempts by the state police and town to turn away attendees — the most common estimate seems to be that 30,000 people came, camped and essentially drugged away the music-less days at Powder Ridge – drug use was rampant and not the happy, peaceable marijuana high of Woodstock but a more angry and dangerous version with unprecedented numbers of bad trips (~ 50 people an hour) thanks to free-flowing tainted hallucinogens – lack of food, utilities and bathroom facilities added to the chaos.

A simple Internet search reveals no shortage of articles, accounts, photos and video of the Powder Ridge Festival.  I am captivated by the photos by Leonard Freed, an esteemed photojournalist who spent most of his career documenting civil rights and social issues.  Adding a wonderful layer to his stunning images and talent is that his wife, Brigitte, was his photo developer – an art itself.  I love the practical and romantic dynamics of creative spouse partnerships – go team!  (Click here for a lovely NYT article about the couple.)  In keeping with the ski theme of this blog, I have selected photos featuring chairlifts – but please follow these links to see a wider presentation of Freed’s extraordinary portfolio and documentation of this event which now resides at The Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, only a few miles away from the festival site.

As for Powder Ridge, the ski area shut down in 2007 but is currently in the process of rebuilding and resuming operations to become a year-round mountain park and resort.

If any readers attended this festival or have anecdotes, please write in as a comment to share!

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Greetings: Colorado

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Today I am headed to Colorado for a proper vacation with my husband.  I am primed for spring skiing in the order of sun and balmy temps – but the forecast tells of fresh snow for the Rocky Mountains, adding to what by all accounts has been an epic season.  Winter in April.

The next week will bring lots of skiing but likely very little blogging.  Follow alpinestyle56 on Instagram for updates.

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Spring Skiing: The Optimist

der optimist spring skiing vintage postcard swiss switzerlandVintage postcard from Switzerland.

Here’s to one of the best spring seasons of skiing in the Northeast I can remember  — at the moment, still more snow than fresh blooms!

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Wheaties: Mikaela & Gretchen

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The only thing better than Mikaela Shiffrin gracing the Wheaties box . . . Gretchen Fraser representing the cereal brand the 1950’s.  Breakfast of Champions!

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