Category Archives: Vintage Style

Mother’s Day: Give Mom a Break

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This image is of a very tiny vintage snapshot from Saalbach, Austria in 1938. I did not realize until I scanned and enlarged it – that it is an amusingly realistic (and timeless) capture. Unlike the idyllic happy poses generally feigned for photos – you see that Mom is all done with her sons’ nonsense! I am not a mother but imagine I, too, would often have this look on my face. Anyway, this revelation made me laugh. Be extra nice to your mom today!

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FIS World Cup: Wengen

Okay, enough bunnies and cute stuff! It’s time to get serious – a weekend of men’s World Cup ski racing at Wengen, Switzerland is upon us. Friday kicks it all off with the Combined followed by Slalom Saturday and the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Sunday. Reposting a favorite vintage photo to celebrate the venerable tour stop.

wengen switzerland lauberhorn downhill ski race 1975 toni sailer1/15/1975 Press photo:  The two coaches of the two most successful alpine ski-teams of the season:  Toni Sailer (left), the Austrian-teamboss, and Adolf Ogi (right), coach of the Swiss team.  They here are waiting for the arrivals of their proteges from the Lauberhorn downhill race.  Ogi will be charmed: 1rst and 2nd place for him; Toni Sailer can count the 3rd up to the 8th place.

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Cover Girl: Gretchen Fraser

snow magazine gretchen fraser sun valley ski 2014Glorious Gretchen Fraser, America’s first Olympic medalist in alpine skiing, basking in the sun at her beloved Sun Valley c. 1948.  Photographer unknown.

It’s here!  I have eagerly been waiting for the new edition of SNOW magazine and it arrived today – perfect timing for a fun weekend read of fashion and ski stoke.  Check it out!

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Vintage Bike Style

vintage bike style fancy glovesSo dapper.  And those gloves!  They are the final word on my dream ski glove.

vintage bike style parade alpine tract dirndl lederhosenGravel grinding in dirndls and lederhosen.

bike vintage style lake bourget franceFancy at Lac du Bourget in the Jura Mountains of France.

vintage bike style boy knickersNatty knickers.

vintage retro bike style cruiser boyClassic flannel and denim uniform for playing hard.

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Back to School!

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This is the week when summer ends, just a little bit too soon, regardless of calendar and weather — local schools are back in session.  I have stacks of summer alpine images waiting to be shared and will try my best to work in a few more seasonal posts before it is undeniably autumn.

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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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Slope Style: by Lothar Rübelt

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I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected.  In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism.  His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.

Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit.  I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube.  In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites.  This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters.  Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes.  At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!

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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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Summer Skiing: Mount Hood

mount mt hood timberline tucker snocat ski skiing summerIs anyone headed to Mt. Hood in Oregon, the Southern Hemisphere or another destination for summer skiing?

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