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Ascutney: Vermont 50

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Today my husband and I are headed to Ascutney, Vermont for the 20th annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race or Ultra-Run.  So happy that the weather is looking really nice for a really long bike ride!

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!

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Native American Gloves

native american athabaskan athabascan glove leather beading flowers furxnative american athabaskan athabascan glove leather beading flowers fu These gloves are believed to be Athabascan (Athabaskan) from western Canada.

native american gloves beading beaded leather vintageThe smaller gloves are sized for a child.

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.

Certainly gloves like this serve as inspiration for Astis and I am looking forward to ski days in my cozy mitts this winter.  Click to check out the new Astis models for Winter 2013/14.

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Brimfield: Vintage Alpine Art & Graphics

austria vintage travel brochure winter ski paul signerThe first three images are vintage travel brochures produced by the Austrian Federal Government, circa 1950s.  Illustration by Paul Aigner.

austria vintage travel brochure winter ski rein hart wettach

Illustration by Reinhart Wettach.

vintage travel brochure austria winter ski gottfried fischlIllustration by Gottfried Fischl.

vintage ski travel poster splitkein flexible flyerAdvertising poster for Splitkein Flexible Flyer wooden skis.  Not shown but name dropped with Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln, New Hampshire.

ski catskills new york vintage postcard linen rope towVintage postcard:  Winter in the Catskills – Pine Hill, N.Y.

vintage postcard ski skier netherlands Vintage postcard:  De ski-virtuoos, illustrated by Broekman, Netherlands.

ski beauport quebec canada vintage postcardVintage postcard:  The Relay, Lake Beauport, Quebec, Canada

vintage franconia notch aerial tram logo new hampshire cannonSouvenir water transfer decal from Franconia Notch, New Hampshire featuring the aerial tram at Cannon Mountain.

snurfer brunswick vintage logo yellowFinally!  A yellow Snurfer to live with my wood-grain one.

Vintage alpine art and graphics from the recent Brimfield Antique Show.

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Weekend Treasures

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.

vintage photo boy bike bicycleI try to keep my collection exclusively ski or winter images but this vintage bike photo is too good to have left behind.

native american gloves beading beaded leather vintageGorgeous 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!

uvm vermont catamount vintage pennantI can’t recall ever coming across any vintage memorabilia from University of Vermont, my alma mater.  This 1950-60’s flocked pennant is a beauty with the badass Catamount mascot.

stowe-tbar-richardsonReal 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.

vintage ski photochrome postcard union pacific railroadI love the vibrant color of vintage Photochrome postcards.  This one was produced by the Union Pacific Railroad – such great composition.

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Treasure Hunting: Elephant’s Trunk

italy italia vintage travel ski brochure magazine 1939Italia:  Rivista Turistica Mensile dell’Enit e delle Ferrovie dello Stato,  Anno VII-Numero 3-Gennaio 1939-XVII

vintage italy italia travel ski brochure magazine 1939Italia:  Rivista Turistica Mensile dell’Enit e delle Ferrovie dello Stato,  Anno VI-Numero 2-Dicembre 1938-XVII

One good thing about residing in the Nutmeg State is proximity to both Brimfield and the reliable Elephant’s Trunk flea market.  Sunday’s visit turned up an assortment of small items.  These Italy travel brochures from the late 1930’s were definitely the find of the day!  Gorgeous illustrated covers in rich colors and large magazine format should I decide to frame.  As always, happy to find images that I have not seen before.

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Treasure Hunting: Brimfield

vintage ski poster jantzen bethlehemxvintage arctic ice cream sign brimfieldxvintage ski ribbon germanyxstag deer statue brimfieldxchild lederhose trachten heartxsno bee sled yellowxsoldier travel europe vintage ski patchesx
ski mazama ridge rainier washington postcardSkiing on Mazama Ridge, Rainier National Park, Washington

mt mansfield stowe chair lift top of vermontTop of Vermont:  Mt. Mansfield Chair Lift Stowe, Vermont on Route 100

toni sailer ski race aspen 1957Toni Sailer ski racing at Aspen, 1957

sascha maurer ski poster new england snow trainWinter Sports New England:  Sascha Maurer, c. 1936/37

sascha maurer lets go skiing posterLet’s Go Skiing Sascha Maurer, c. 1936

The first Brimfield Antique Show of the year didn’t feel particularly rich with alpine artifacts – but was great fun nonetheless.  I rounded up some of the usual small finds:  vintage photos, postcards, magazines.

The score of the day was a late 1930’s brochure for The New Haven Railroad Snow Trains illustrated by famed artist Sascha Maurer.  (Maurer is best known for ski posters and credited with creating the Stowe “flying S” logo.)  The brochure is in pristine condition with vibrant color and essentially gives me two mini posters – I am thrilled!

See you in September, Brimfield. . .

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Vintage Graphics: Schladming WM 1982

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hopsi_1982Found these vintage stickers today in a little souvenir shop – fantastic graphics from the 1982 World Championships in Schladming/Haus.  Love that Hopsi!

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Vintage Graphics: 1970 World Champs, Val Gardena

1970wm_postmark1970wm_pcUpon arriving in Munich this morning, I made a beeline to my favorite treasure hunting shop.  This vintage postcard from the 1970 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val Gardena, Italy was a timely find.  The postage stamps are sublime!

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Vintage Posters: Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Summer

wettersteingebirge_henelWettersteingebirge by Edwin Henel

madel_unknownMädel aus dem Oberland vor dem Wettersteingebirge Skizze by unknown artist

ziege_sengerZiege vor Alpspitze und Waxenstein by O. Senger

Some enchanting Bavarian summer images from the GaPa reproduction poster collection.  Posters and other Garmisch-Partenkirchen merchandise may be purchased through the GaPa web store.

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Treasure Hunting: Brimfield Antique Show

vintage comet skis brimfield antique showxornamental stag brimfield antique showxvintage ornamental snowmen brimfield antique showxvintage bavarian tyrolean hat pins brimfieldxvintage sno wing skis auburn maine brimfieldxvintage ice skate outfit brimfield antique showxvintage carved wood edelweiss chandelierxvintage sno cones sign brimfield antique showxcargo pants leather trim camo shoesNice cargo pants!

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