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I love the idea of sending wishes for the new year via post. It is a greeting that is universal, optimistic and has longevity – an entire year! Though not nearly as popular a practice in the U.S. as sending Christmas cards – the new year’s card seems to be a well-established tradition internationally. Here are ski-themed vintage postcards from Russia, Germany and the Netherlands.
Vintage postcard from the 1935 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships held in the Vysoké Tatry region of the High Tatras mountains in the former Czechoslovakia.
Postcard featuring the mascot “Nordi” from the 1987 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships held in Oberstdorf – at the time still considered West Germany.
In keeping with a Saturday that was uncharacteristically more nordic than alpine for me, here is some vintage XC ski art. Different eras, very different graphic styles, love them both.
A Christmas Eve treasure hunting session yielded this lovely series of 1950s vintage holiday postcards from Wangen im Allgäu, Germany. All photos by Neuhäusler.
Edelweiss, edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me. – Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music
Antique postcards, advertising card and luggage label featuring the beautiful edelweiss flower – a true alpine icon.
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UNITED STATES: Julia Mancuso in black, Laurenne Ross in vivid green, uniforms by Spyder. The green was kind of fun but I am hoping new uniforms have a more patriotic look. I do have to give the USST and Spyder a nod for infusing inherently uptight uniforms with a sense of relaxed American mountain lifestyle.
ITALY, ARGENTINA: Bold letters in black and white clearly identify these teams in uniforms by Kappa. Nadia Fanchini of Italy at left. I quite like the graphic impact and utility of this strong look, especially Argentina’s stylized execution.
AUSTRIA: Anna Fenninger in bright blue, Michaela Kirchgasser in white, outerwear by Schöffel. The Austrian kit, like the team itself, is very strong and a contender for the best – distinctive and refined, powerful and wearable colors, complementary variety, consistent interesting themes and details, well merchandised and executed. The back of the blue jacket is emblazoned with the claim Power Team, true enough!
With the Sölden FIS World Cup ski races kicking off the new season in just a few days, here is one last peek at some national team uniforms from 2013. I am always curious to see if and how much teams change their kits year to year. From early season training photos, I have seen a little new but much of the same from last season. With 2014 being an Olympic year, there will be no shortage of new uniforms to be revealed!
1/30/1952 Press Photo: Grindelwald, Switzerland. . . Mrs. Suzy Harris Rytting, considered the beauty queen of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team, will get a letter of apology from the U.S. Olympic Ski Committee because of her ouster from the team. Mrs. Rytting was sent home by the selection committee when it was learned she is an expectant mother. In her home in Salt Lake City, Mrs. Rytting explained she didn’t mind so much being sent home but thought she was treated rather shabbily by the committee. She asked to remain in Europe until her mother or her husband could join her but she was told, she said, by team officials that she had to leave immediately.
Fortunately, times have changed. I can’t help but be reminded of the incredible and inspirational Sarah Schleper who took a year off from her esteemed U.S. Ski Team career for the birth of her son, Lasse – and then returned as a mom, with her family, for several more years of World Cup and Olympic competition!
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.
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!
Traditional costume characteristic of mountainous Bavaria and Tyrol often serves as the iconic foundation for contemporary alpine-specific style and is responsible for endless beloved motifs. Tracht signifies region (such as Berchtesgaden), community (most often rural), economic standing and occasion (holiday, mourning). I remain in awe of the artistic nature and exquisite handicraft involved in this garb.
Most of these images are found vintage photos – I would love to know country and region of origin. If anyone has knowledge of this topic – please share with a comment.